A Guy Stole Candles, Might Be Looking at 30 to 35 Felonies

Some people take candles very seriously.  They spend hours in the shops smelling dozens of candles . . . hoping something knocks them off their feet.  That’s not what happened here . . . On Saturday afternoon, a guy was wandering through a Bath and Body Works store in a Miami-area mall, when he decided he was going to steal some candles. He started shoving them into his bag, and when the people around him noticed, he executed a fairly extreme getaway plan:

He started spraying everyone in the face with bear mace . . . and I mean everyone.  Police say he sprayed 35 people, including the store manager, and more than a dozen staff members.  Then, he booked it out of the mall . . . hopped in a taxi . . . and drove off.  At least one victim was hospitalized, but everyone should be okay. A police spokesperson said that when he’s caught, he’s looking at several armed robbery and aggravated battery charges . . . and that could end up being “30 to 35 felonies.”  They didn’t say which scents the thief got away with.