Sticky fingered crooks target gum

November 10, 2009 10:11:10 AM PST
Here's something to chew on -- gum rip-offs. Police in several Connecticut towns report people with sticky fingers are stealing chewing gum. Authorities figure that hot gum is being sold on the street. It's a tough crime to trace, because the evidence is eventually chewed up and spit out. In one of the largest recent cases, a 21-year-old man was charged with shoplifting about $800 worth of Orbit gum.

Don't be too surprised there's a market for stolen gum. Fairfield police Sgt. James Perez says people "peddle stolen meat, fish, candy, gum, almost anything."

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