Phoenix police catch notorious 'Candy Man' thief

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By Sarah Blais By Sarah Blais
By Sarah Blais By Sarah Blais
By Sarah Blais By Sarah Blais
PHOENIX -- According to a Facebook post by the Phoenix Police Department, a man believed to be the notorious "Candy Man" thief has been arrested.
 
The suspect, Jordan Newman, is accused of stealing more than $2,900 in candy bars from multiple Circle K stores. Between November and June, he's said to have made 35 trips.
 
His capture was part of a recent sting called "Operation Beer Garden," where the Phoenix Police Department's new Business and Economic Stability Team partnered with Circle K's security to target 66 unknown repeat robbers.
 
"These investigations are not just about 'beer runs'; these type thefts way too often lead to violence and are a threat to public safety," reads the Facebook post. "Circle K stores [are] making every effort to stop the loss [of property] and keep their business safe for their customers."
 
Carlos Estrada, who works with Circle K's security, said the business is excited about joining forces with the police department, and hopes Newman's arrest is the first of many.