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October 14, 2009

La. police: Pickle smell might lead to thieves

SLIDELL, La. (AP) — Police in Louisiana say the pungent smell of pickles or jalapenos may lead to the perpetrators of a crime.

Police in Slidell, a small town just east of New Orleans, are asking parents to call authorities if their children came home smelling like pickles or jalapenos over the weekend, or if they hear about students selling lots of candy.

Capt. Kevin Foltz says thieves stole $1,000 worth of candy and five cases of soda and sports drinks from a stand at John Slidell Park. While inside, the thieves ate dill pickles and poured pickled jalapenos around the stand.

Foltz says a nacho cheese machine and boxes of chips and sunflower seeds will be checked for fingerprints.

Investigators think the thieves may be students who would sell the candy at school.

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