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BUSINESSWOMAN ROBBED – Candy Kent, the owner of Candy’s Fruit Stand, says the $6,000 worth of seafood stolen from her business is a large loss for anyone. She’s seen here on Thursday.

Business loses $6,000 in seafood

There’s nothing sweet about this break-in.

By Tim Giilck on September 10, 2021

There’s nothing sweet about this break-in.

Candy Kent, the owner of Candy’s Fruit Stand in downtown Whitehorse, told the Star Wednesday afternoon her business was broken into overnight Tuesday.

The culprit or culprits forced open a back door to the business, and apparently they knew exactly what they wanted.

Kent estimated approximately $6,000 in seafood was stolen.

“It was a mixture of everything,” she said. “Scallops, lobster tails, fish, you name it.”

Kent had also put an announcement on social media asking for residents to be on the lookout for anyone selling seafood at a discount on the street.

She said she has been broken into approximately six times over the 32 years she’s operated the business. The last time was about eight years ago, Kent recalled.

That time, the thieves were caught selling 150-pound bags of scallops for $30 just around the corner from the Fruit Stand, she said.

Kent said she wouldn’t be surprised to see something similar happen this time.

Other than the estimated value of the seafood, she didn’t have an idea of what the other damages would add up to.

She hadn’t yet reported the incident to the RCMP when she spoke to the Star, since she wanted to open the store and do some business, but she was planning on it.

“They’ll close me down for a few hours to investigate,” she said.

Kent said she still had some seafood left, and was expecting another delivery today.

“Still, $6,000 is lot of money for anyone to lose,” she said.

Comments (23)

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Anie on Sep 14, 2021 at 3:03 pm

@juniper - I don't think this theft was conducted by teenagers. $6k worth of seafood sounds very much like an adult event, with a buyer waiting. I do agree with you that a responsible parent would question their child's unexpected and unexplained ownership of expensive items - but to be honest, by their teenage years, I no longer did their laundry.

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Arnold on Sep 14, 2021 at 1:01 pm

The Johnathan comments are always worth skipping over and giving an automatic thumbs down. Never made a good point...ever. Sorry to hear that Candy.

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Yukon David on Sep 14, 2021 at 9:31 am

Johnathan, I'm not sure that she went to the media to get more "business and sales". Perhaps she went to the media in the hopes that somebody would read the story and come forward with information.

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Juniper Jackson on Sep 13, 2021 at 3:25 pm

I have often thought.. what do decent parents think when their child comes home with a new bike, or a ipad, or some jewelry. The police never say, parents walking into RCMP station with teenage daughter/son and returned items stolen from??

I did the laundry, changed linens, put clothes away.. I am pretty sure with spot locker checks at school and my housekeeping at home, i would know if my kids suddenly had ipods, ipads, games, extra money, clothes. And, questions would be asked. My oldest daughter stole a pen from the old Whitehorse Star stationary store on Main Street. It was returned with an apology from said daughter the moment I said.. New pen? I saw it on her face, admission. To my knowledge, none of my kids ever lifted another thing.
Someone knows about this seafood. Someone knows where it is, or who bought it. Someone knows who is stealing from construction sites and car shoppers. It isn't all druggies, it isn't all teenagers, It's everyone who is stealing, everyone who is buying stolen items. And..it's everyone who is saying.. what the hell, it's all insured.
A couple of years ago, I heard there was a UHaul parked at a hotel, and between 2 am and 5 am. they would pay cash for stuff. After a while it would leave for Alberta or BC. Is some kind of organized crime going on?

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Samwise Steele on Sep 13, 2021 at 12:37 pm

So sad to see this happen. We, as a society, aren’t equipped to deal with rising crime rates and the opioid crisis. Take a look through criminal cases online and you’ll see the light sentences handed out by judges here. Our police service does a great job but it ends up being for nothing when those that are caught are released. We need more supports for addicts but also tough penalties for those beyond help, who victimize people at every opportunity.

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JC on Sep 13, 2021 at 9:26 am

@ Bad Libs
What in the ever loving Jesus are you going on about!?

Mercy, go touch grass.

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budget for security when adding services downtown for the "vulnerable" on Sep 12, 2021 at 3:18 pm

For every new social assistance resource placed downtown, (center of hope, injection site, blood ties social housing, other social housing, etc.) 10% of the budget should be for security services for functional members of the community who live downtown. It would go a long way to make up for the damage being done to downtown Whitehorse residents and businesses. Several of the most recent break ins were in a social housing complex. Only a few are causing all of the trouble, and we act like it's okay to offload this garbage onto contributing citizens. Serving the public means serving everyone, including people who are not drug addicts, drunks, thieves, armed robbers and so on.

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Bad Libs… on Sep 11, 2021 at 1:28 pm

Dear Really - The comment is not strange at all. We have demonized the police and we have turned criminal behaviour into some sort of twisted virtue in which the villains be chillin while the victims are pilloried, maligned, and dehumanized for some apparent flaw in their character by associations of identities for which they have no choice!

This is the Liberal lefty problem… It is driven by a “last-person-standing” philosophy in which Hobbes described life as “nasty, brutish, and short!” However, it’s adherents develop cultish like blinders which prevent them from seeing the devastation and destruction they are causing while they proclaim their own good works.

The only way to escape a pandemic of Liberalism is to vote it out - Toute suite! Before it’s too late!!! Liberalism kills without remorse.

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Politico on Sep 11, 2021 at 1:14 pm

The comments here are amazing. Do people here really think a bunch of druggies needing money would have the tools and vehicles necessary to pull this off. Really? More likely some bikers or local frat boys out for a lark and the food will never be recovered. In someone's freezer somewhere tucked inside a nice home till the party season starts! Druggies indeed, ha.

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Groucho d'North on Sep 11, 2021 at 10:04 am

@ Ginger Johnson
The problem isn't with our overworked RCMP detachment, it's the liberal courts that keep letting these criminals go free for ridiculous reasons. But I support that we need more RCMP officers on the streets, however that will take the government to increase the RCMP contract budget. Maybe Justin could send some of our money to our government to do this?

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Klaus G. on Sep 11, 2021 at 2:45 am

Okay I'm not out six large so it's easy for me to talk.
1. Security cameras ???
2. Obviously the cops can't be everywhere so some citizens patrol drives could be set up. Drive, observe, report, that's it, no engagement.
3. Anyone with a driver's license could be part of this group.
4. Addicts will stop at very little to get a fix by whatever method.
5. I would drive a couple of hours a week.

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Mr Facts on Sep 10, 2021 at 6:52 pm

Yeah, who wouldn't of called the cops first? This doesn't add up at all. You prioritized getting sympathy in the newspapers rather than try and catch the thief.

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The seafood blues on Sep 10, 2021 at 6:26 pm

Dear Nathan - Really? Get it back? Would it be lawful or ethical for that matter to resell food that has been out on tour?

This sockeye salmon is lightly flavoured with meth-amphetamine… The crab legs are lightly sprinkled with a dash of cocaine… While the halibut is presented with a nice marijuana garnish… Not the commercial kind but the street variety.

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Johnathan on Sep 10, 2021 at 6:04 pm

Calling police? Nope. Running straight to the media with a sob story to get her business more attention and sales? Yep

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Shiela on Sep 10, 2021 at 5:43 pm

Candy I’m so sorry this happened to you, I hope they catch who did this but as for the police, they are doing what they can! Truly believe that with their workload, and paperwork, their hands are tied. Yay! They will get them it just takes time I believe in karma too!

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"ginger johnson" Well... on Sep 10, 2021 at 5:34 pm

Yeah, I am sure the jumbo shrimp being snuck out the back are more important than anything else, right? Get real.

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Willow on Sep 10, 2021 at 5:23 pm

@ Really?
You are seriously deluded if you think the RCMP are going to mount any sort of investigation and if they did manage to charge someone the courts just let these people walk to reoffend.

Word of mouth and street justice is the only way forward for Yukoners it seems.

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Don Donaldson on Sep 10, 2021 at 4:47 pm

Seafood for dope. Pretty common.

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scott westerlaken on Sep 10, 2021 at 4:35 pm

Time to go down to Candy's and buy what she has to help make up for the losses!

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Really? on Sep 10, 2021 at 4:34 pm

You have my sympathy for the break in; but this comment is strange
"She hadn’t yet reported the incident to the RCMP when she spoke to the Star, since she wanted to open the store and do some business, but she was planning on it.

“They’ll close me down for a few hours to investigate,” she said."
Usually you'd like to leave things as they are and let the police in first.

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Anie on Sep 10, 2021 at 3:38 pm

Anyone who buys this is just as much a thief as the people who broke in. This business has been around for a long time, back to the days when fresh produce was so hard to come by. Prices have always been fair, and service excellent. She deserves to be treated better. No business is safe downtown.

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Nathan Living on Sep 10, 2021 at 3:36 pm

Another sad reflection of what Whitehorse has become.
I hope the owner gets the seafood back and the nasty people are punished.

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Ginger Johnson on Sep 10, 2021 at 3:24 pm

When are we going to get decent policing in downtown Whitehorse ?

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