Hunt on for elusive ‘Sweet Tooth and Headache’

2014-07-17 00:00

A BLOEMFONTEIN couple with a fondness for chocolates and painkillers are leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of local petrol stations.

The couple have hit the convenience shops at at least four petrol stations, each time with their pockets and bag stuffed with the sweet stuff. And boxes of Grandpa headache powders.

Jannie Kruger, the manager at an Engen garage, said they started getting suspicious about “Sweet Tooth and Headache” as they jokingly dubbed the two, about three weeks ago when they noted the rapidly dwindling supply of Grandpa. “We packed some on the shelves the one night, and the next morning everything was gone,” Kruger said.

It is believed Sweet Tooth and Headache steal between 40 and 50 chocolates at a time, basically making a clean sweep of a shelf. Apparently on a sugar high, they have hit the same shop more than once.

On June 8 staff at a Woolworths Food shop came close to nabbing the suspected thieves, but they managed to elude them. The man left an interesting trail — about 40 Cadbury chocolates he discarded during the escape.

“They are bent on hurting businesses. We are used to people stealing one or two chocolates, but these two! They clean us out.

“The man appears very laid-back and greets the staff in a friendly manner. You would never guess that he is doing something wrong. It is as if he was born to steal,” Kruger said.

He claims shops can lose up to R20 000 in a month due to shoplifting. Sometimes the thieving couple have a third accomplice, he said.

CCTV footage shows a man walking into Woolworths with a plastic bag in hand. He then fills up the bag with chocolates, taking his time, before moving on to the shelf with the headache powders, and adding them to the loot.

Footage from another filling station shows a woman filling her handbag with chocolates.

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