Caught on Tape: Thief with Sweet Tooth Rips Off Restaurant

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CLEVELAND — The actions of a petty thief, with an apparent sweet tooth, baffled a local. The theft was also caught on tape.

Chef Dante Boccuzzi has worked hard to make Dante’s one of the premiere dining spots in Cleveland’s trendy Tremont neighborhood.  He doesn’t understand why someone would steal from him.

“And, this guy he’s dancing, having fun. And, he decides to take the whole jar of candy and just walk out the front door,” Boccuzzi said.

The candy theft happened last weekend. But, what the daring, and apparently drunk, thief didn’t know is that the crime was captured on tape.  Boccuzzi realizes it’s just candy, but it is still stealing. 

“For someone just to walk in and have the audacity just to steal stuff, it doesn’t sit well with me,” Boccuzzi added. 

The thief must really have been craving sweets because he returns and takes more candy. 

“And, then he came back in and looked around again.  And grabbed another jar and walked right out. Within a matter of minutes he did it twice,” Boccuzzi said. 

The candy cart is brought to each table with the check.  Customers are welcome to take as much as they like.  Boccuzzi had this to say about the thief taking two entire candy bowls. 

“Pretty dumb of you. You’re dumber than the dumb dumbs that you stole from here,” he added.

Boccuzzi has a good idea who stole the candy and has reached out to him to return the stolen goods. When that didn’t happen, he contacted the police. 

“We gave him a week’s time to kind of sober up and realize what he did and come back and return it.  So, we went to the police.”

Boccuzzi said the candy and the containers taken are valued at about $100.  But, for him, it’s not the price but the principle. 

“Some people say ‘Ah, it’s just candy.’ But for me, theft is something that is never accepted.”

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