Cutetropolis Crime Alert!

Cutetropolites, be on the lookout for shifty shoplifting squirrels with a criminal candy craving. A shopkeeper in Toronto captured the brazen thefts last October and November, and now the klepto-cuties are Internet famous.

“I always see them sneaking outside the door, looking in my store, and even right at me!” said Paul Kim, owner of Luke’s Grocery. “They come in and take Crunchies, Crispy Crunch, Wonderbar.” The store estimates it has lost close to 50 bars since the crime spree began.

Thanks to concerned citizens Andrew Y. and Faye. (More at Global News.)

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27 thoughts on “Cutetropolis Crime Alert!

  1. allein 🐾 January 9, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    I wonder if that squat from the other day is involved…she was criminally cute…

    • Murray C. January 9, 2017 / 12:44 pm

      She’s probably the brains of the outfit – she’s too adorable to go out on a mission, someone would kid – cat? – nap her. She’s got minions.

      • allein 🐾 January 9, 2017 / 12:46 pm

        I bet they have to pay her off with some of their haul.

        • Murray C. January 9, 2017 / 1:43 pm

          Well, yeah, that would be her game!😜

    • Smartypants January 9, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      Yes, and they’re in cahoots with that potato-chip-heisting Seagull Gang! (I see it as a sort of all-animal version of ‘Gotham’).

      • allein 🐾 January 9, 2017 / 8:28 pm

        A seagull once stole my Tastykake Koffee Kake at the beach.

  2. Gigi the cat lady January 9, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    But they are just the at the right hight for squirrel hands, what else are the the little darlings suppose to think but that they are there for them to take?

    • Catwhisperer January 9, 2017 / 3:05 pm

      They could be 10′ off the floor, and that would only make it more daring.

  3. Laura January 9, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    What’s wrong with liking an occasional chocolate bar? It looks like the squirrels have found their favorite shop for them. A lack of permission obviously doesn’t bother them.

    • allein 🐾 January 9, 2017 / 1:02 pm

      50 bars gone and they still leave the door open and haven’t moved the candy…I’m thinking the guy doesn’t mind that much.

      • kermit January 9, 2017 / 5:20 pm

        In other news reports, he claimed he lost only 6 bars, so it’s probably a publicity stunt to increase human visitors.

  4. Doug January 9, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    It should be a crime to put candy that low to the floor to begin with !

    ** TAKE THAT YOU SILLY STORE OWNING HUMIE !! ** and thanks for the snack!

  5. AB January 9, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    I volunteer to snorgle, I mean incarcerate the perps.

  6. Duckie 🐥 January 9, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    What happens when he moves the candy higher?
    How many times can you say “shifty shoplifting squirrels” without saying something else?

    • Murray C. January 9, 2017 / 1:43 pm

      😂x 10 to the tenth.

  7. fkaWaldenPond January 9, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    Holy smokes peeps! I saw this in the news the other week but didn’t realize it was Lukes on Logan!! I lived three houses up at 641 Logan in Toronto for 10 years.
    That is MAJOR RACOON TERRITORY… me thinks the local raccoons have a racket going with Crispy Crunch and the squirrels. Hmmmmm…..

    • Birdcage January 9, 2017 / 1:51 pm

      We were practically neighbours!

      • fkaWaldenPond January 9, 2017 / 2:15 pm

        Really? Neat and then to make the coincidence stronger, we both moved out west of the city– you Oakville and me Mississauga.
        I miss some aspects of Riverdale–the walkability for sure, and the restaurants of course. Not. the. raccoons. I had a mom and her babies living on my deck for a season which rendered it useless. Prior to that they would try and break in to get to the cat food, once successfully!

        • Birdcage January 9, 2017 / 3:50 pm

          I miss ready access to Greek food on the Danforth. When I fancied myself a budding writer, I used to occasionally participate in literary readings at the Dora Keogh. I once hopped out of a cab late at night and there was a “cat” at the curb in front of my building and I bent down to give it a pat and it wasn’t until my hand smoothed down the back and up its tail that I realized it was a raccoon. Clearly a coon without fear of humans, too! AH, life in the ‘Dale.

          • fkaWaldenPond January 9, 2017 / 6:03 pm

            :S Thank goodness it wasn’t a skunk! I encountered a few of those late at night after parking the car and going through the back yard. Stopped doing that after the third encounter… took the long through the alley round the block return after that… 😉

  8. Doug January 9, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    Where’s Dug when you need him ??


  9. Julie January 9, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    If I owned this store, I would move the candy bars and replace them with nuts for the squirrels.

    Then, I would likely incur a health code violation.

    But it would be worth it.

  10. Faye January 9, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    You always have to hand over “some change” for “protection”. I bet those squirrels keep the raccoons off that block. The graffiti was definitely Squirrely.

  11. Rhea January 9, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    I’m not at all sure chocolate is good for squirrels. They should stick to PayDay nut bars without chocolate.

  12. Clairdelune January 10, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    Must be forgiven everything, her cuteness demands it. She can have anything she wants.
    Long ago I had a beloved long-haired black kitty that looked just like this squirrel… same gorgeous tail… “sneef”.

    • Murray C. January 10, 2017 / 3:26 pm

      Awww – RIP all of our departed critters.

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