It may be April 1, but Brandon police say it’s no joke that a 27-year-old man is charged with stealing from a business and assaulting an employee with a rabbit in solid chocolate.
Officers were called Thursday afternoon after a man stole goods from a business on Victoria Avenue near 34th Street in the southwestern Manitoba town, a news release said Friday. from the Brandon Police Department.
An employee who confronted the shoplifter was hit with a Mr. Solid brand chocolate bunny, police say.
The employee was slightly injured.
The accused shoplifter fled but was found and arrested nearby, while still in possession of stolen goods, police say. He was taken back to the store.
The man has been released and will appear in court for assault and theft under $5,000.
“This is NOT an April Fool’s Day joke,” police said in their press release.
sergeant. Brandon Police Department public information officer Kirby Sararas says she has never heard of a chocolate bunny being used as a weapon.
“The weapon the 27-year-old suspect used was far from typical of what employees would normally see or be attacked with. But that doesn’t change the fact that this employee has always been injured simply trying to do their job,” she told CBC.
“I know a lot of times people will use whatever they have in their hands to commit assaults, but a lot of times it’s something more typical than a piece of food.”
She says retail theft is something that happens every day and employees often face violence.
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