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California man arrested for stealing 7,500 pounds of candy

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 1/9/2016 KERI BLAKINGER

A California man’s sweet tooth landed him in cuffs.

Jesus Ibarra, 35, was collared Thursday for stealing 7,500 pounds of candy, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department press release.

Investigators began looking into the candy crook when a trucking outfit hired by Mars Candy Company contacted authorities after 7,500 pounds of defective candy scheduled for destruction went missing from a truck.

A California man was collared for stealing 7,500 pounds of defective candy. © Provided by New York Daily News A California man was collared for stealing 7,500 pounds of defective candy.

Police found online ads offering bulk candy for sale both through a Facebook group and on Craigslist.

Investigators then got a search warrant for Ibarra’s home.

When they arrived on scene, police hit pay dirt.

"Investigators discovered the entire garage had been converted into a candy store with approximately 30 racks of candy in boxes, all of which were labeled with prices," cops said in a statement.

Loss prevention employees from the trucking company identified the candy by its serial numbers.

The sticky-fingered candyman was booked into High Desert Detention Center Thursday with $50,000 and was released when he made bail later that night.

kblakinger@nydailynews.com

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