chewing gum bandit

Markham chewing gum bandit caught on video

Police are asking the public to help them identity and find a suspect who got away with stealing over $1,500 of gum from a pharmacy in Markham.

According to the police, the man arrived at the drug store in a taxi. Surveillance footage shows the suspect, who the police have dubbed the "Fresh Breath Bandit," entering the pharmacy and filling up a garbage bag with what is purportedly chewing gum.

"A few moments later he re-enters the store, fills another garbage bag with chewing gum and walks out again," said Const. Andy Pattenden in a news release.

Police estimate that the value of the stolen gum is $1,528.

The theft happened this past December but police released the video and details of the crime only yesterday. They've reached a dead end in their investigation and are thus enlisting the public's assistance.

What would you do with $1,528 worth of gum? Let us know in the comments.


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