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Ah, nuts: Chocolate-loving squirrel bandits target Riverdale convenience store

CityNews | posted Friday, Jan 6th, 2017

The owners of a Riverdale convenience store are dealing with some very tiny thieves.

Luke’s Grocery on Logan Avenue near Gerrard Street East has been the victim of chocolate robberies, but the suspects are squirrels.

In a Reddit post, the store said at least two squirrels are involved in the operation but there could be more.

The squirrels have been caught on video stealing the candy bars. The store posted a couple of them have on the YouTube page ‘StopThatSquirrel DropThatBar.’

In each of the the videos, a squirrel is seen sneaking into the store’s open door, going straight for the chocolate bar display, and dashing off with a candy bar.

In one incident, on Oct. 8, 2016, a grey-brown squirrel takes off with a Kinder Bueno, which costs $2. Then on Nov. 19, a black squirrel snatches a Crunchie costing $1.80.

“It’s a different bar each time – O’Henry, Mr. Big, etc. It happens about once every 2-3 days,” the post reads.

“Though we can’t see it the moment it commits the theft (because the bars are displayed below the counter, on the customer’s side), we can hear a distinct rustling. When we come around the counter to try to catch it, we can see the squirrel running off with the bar in its mouth.”

The store owners try to run after the squirrel but to no avail. Even customers have been trying to help catch the chocolate bandit.

“We tried running after it, but it’s still faster. A couple times, passerbys and customers tried chasing after it with us, but once it goes up a tree, it’s game over.”

The store said it has called Animal Services but they are only concerned about lost or killed pets.

“Please consider donating your peanuts to the cause! Join the resistance,” the Reddit post reads.



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