Sweet-toothed bear raids candy store

A bear with a craving for sweets was caught on CCTV breaking into a US candy store, stealing confectionery of all types. Such occurrences are not uncommon in Colorado, where the incident happened – what made this different was that the bear struck seven times in just 15 minutes.

The incident took place in broad daylight. Security roller shutters were not in place to stop the animal, which was able to prise open the front door.

The black bear showed remarkable dexterity in gaining quick access to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. The raid was also conducted with the shrewdness of a master criminal. Store owner Jo Adams said:

“He was very clean and very careful.”

Adams also went on to say that the bear made no noise, seemingly being careful not to do so, and that he left behind no evidence other than the missing stocks of chocolate-chip cookies, English toffee and, naturally enough, milk chocolate ‘cookie bears’.

Black bears are common in Colorado, particularly in the Rocky Mountain range, near the Estes Park area where the candy store is located. Typically weighing anywhere between 400 and 600lbs, they are largely omnivorous and are well-known for eating just about anything they can get their paws on.

However, Adams seems quite unperturbed about the whole affair. She said:

“We’re in their turf, and you just put up with these things when they happen.”

The sugar-stuffed bear eventually took his leave, having been startled by a passing car.

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