Man Steals Bulldog Statue From Old Market Candy Store

By: Melina Matthes

OMAHA (kptm) - Omaha Police are asking for your help identifying the man who they say stole from an Old Market candy store.

In this week's Caught On Camera, Fox 42 News and Crime Stoppers are working together to catch a thief.

The owner of Hollywood Candy said the crook wasn't alone. The man police are looking for was in the store with a woman.

The owner said the crook was inside the store for over an hour shopping, browsing, and looking at various items. He even spotted several surveillance video signs, letting him know he was on camera and yet he still decided to steal.

"When the person walked out, they had it just like thisyou could just see the little dog legs hanging out from the hand as the guy walked out the store," owner Larry Richling said about how the man left the store carrying a statue of a bulldog tucked under his arm.

Omaha Police are now looking for this couple. Investigators said the man stole a pricey statute from Hollywood Candy in the Old Market. "We have an entire theatre in here that operates and it held the theatre door open down here you can see where the little scratch marks are," Richling said as he pointed at the door.

He said the crook took away part of the nostalgia from the store. Hollywood Candy isn't just about savory treats. It's an experience and he said everybody leaves with a smile on their face. "And that's what was upsetting about this. I'm sure those people went out with a smile on their face too but they put a frown on my face because they took something that they shouldn't have," he said.

Hollywood Candy is so big; it has 16 surveillance cameras throughout the store. The owner said they record every corner and every aisle and he said they can even watch people from an app on his cell phone. "It ticks you off because you watch it happen and then you think that guy just walked out of the store with something that was ours and you know it cost us two-three hundred dollars."

Taking away part of the feel customers get walking around the store. "Part of that experience was walked out the door with those people that day. Somebody will recognize him from looking at the video I guarantee you."

While the crook may have pawned the item for cash, the owner believes the man may be using the sculpture in his own home, possibly even as a doorstop.

If you know who he is or have seen the sculpture, contact Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP.

You will remain anonymous and you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Hollywood Candy is located at 1209 Jackson Street in the Old Market. It's open Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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