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Video: Serial squirrel bandits drive Toronto store owner nuts

The little critters have a particular fondness for chocolate bars.

Have you seen this Squirrel? He's wanted for grand theft choco.

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Have you seen this Squirrel? He's wanted for grand theft choco.

A group of squirrels are driving the owners of one Toronto convenience store nuts, after the rodents have been caught on tape stealing chocolate bars from their shop.

Cindy Kim, whose family owns Luke’s Grocery near Broadview Station, told Metro squirrels have stolen around 48 chocolate bars from store shelves over the last few months.

Her family’s posted a video of the furry bandits — a light grey-brown squirrel and a black one — inching tentatively into the store, grabbing bars from a low shelf and then quickly scurrying out to the street.

“We have chased after them and so have people in the store, but they often get away and one or two bars a day adds up profit-wise,” Kim said.


While the squirrels made off with at least one Kinder Bueno and Crunchie bar, they’re not picky.

“It’s a different bar each time - O’Henry, Mr. Big, etc. It happens about once every two to three days,” said Kim in a Reddit post.

She said the squirrel manages to break into the store through a door left open in the warm months because of excessive heat emitted from the motors of fridges and coolers. Closing it is not an option because of high hydro costs, she said, noting they’ve also tried calling animal services, who couldn’t help.

“People have suggested a screen door… (and) I suppose we could move shelves around, but it’s a lot of work,” she said.

“Right now, we are considering all the options.”

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