Candy bar theft leads to drug arrests

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 1/09 6:26 pm Published: 1/09 5:14 pm

Police in Tahlequah didn't expect to bring felony charges when they got the report of a stolen candy bar, but that's exactly what happened at Big B Food and Deli.

Police said a Mamba candy bar landed a group of people in the Cherokee County Jail.

A clerk caught them stealing and told FOX23 what happened.

"If I would've said something I would've been scared he would've shot me," said a victim who doesn't want her name used.

She was at work alone when two men and a woman came inside the store where she works.

"One of them walked to the counter, the deli counter, and the other one stood for a second and then he walked towards the candy," she said.

The victim tried to keep her eye on the candy aisle but couldn't.

"He was in this area, I heard him rattling and stuffing it in his bag just like, just kept on," she said.

He eventually purchased other food items from the store.

After they all left, the victim quickly got description of the vehicle. The car was tracked down near the NSU campus.

"During the investigation (we) discovered nearly 7 ounces of marijuana in the vehicle, evidence of a firearm but never found a firearm," said Police Chief Nate King.

They also found one stolen piece of candy: a Mamba bar.

FOX23 found the candy bar cost 97 cents, with tax.

Police said Fredrick Hall admitted to stealing the candy and was booked into jail on a $20,000 bond.

Another man, Antonio Golden, had an even larger bond because of what police found after the arrest.

"They discovered more marijuana and he advised them that he had it hidden in the crevice of his buttocks," said King.

For all the trouble, the victim is surprised because, "I think he paid like five bucks.... (for the) food."

Police said this is a testament to how effective a good witness can be.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/9/2014 9:43 PM
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$20,000.00 candy bar.
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