COUNTY NEWS: Mystery as hundreds of chocolate bars dropped in robbery

Puzzle detectives are investigating a mysterious theft in which a thief dropped more than 100 chocolate bars as he fled the scene of a robbery.

Monday, 25th June 2018, 5:14 pm
Updated Monday, 25th June 2018, 5:19 pm

A man was threatened and forced to hand over a quantity of cash as he was robbed whilst walking through Crawley on Saturday June 2, police said.

As the thief ran off he dropped a bag containing 123 chocolate bars including Dairy Milk, Wispa, Mint Oreo, Whole Nut and one Kit Kat.

Detective Constable Jodie Palmer said; “We have made enquiries across the town and no major retailer has reported losing any such quantity of chocolate bars recently.”

Chocolate bars recovered following the robbery

She added officers were looking for more information from businesses who may have lost the sugary goods.

Police said a 31-year-old man was walking along West Green Drive at 6.30pm.

He was accosted as he reached the roundabout at Peglar Way, outside the Apex Building, by a man who threatened to hurt him if he didn’t hand over money.

The robber was not holding a weapon at the time but police said it is believed he may have had a knife or something similar in his pocket.

Chocolate bars recovered following the robbery

A small quantity of cash was handed over and the thief fled the scene, dropping the bag of chocolate.

He is described as black and 6’, with curly hair and a scar on the left side of his face. He was wearing a dark t-shirt and jogging bottoms.

DC Palmer added: “We would also, very importantly, like to hear from anyone who saw this incident.

“You can contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1161 of 02/06.”

Chocolate bars recovered following the robbery

Police said a 22-year-old Merstham man was arrested on suspicion of the robbery on June 2. He was interviewed and released under investigation.