Man charged with stealing thousands of pounds of candy

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HESPERIA, Calif. — Candy might not be so sweet for a Southern California man.

Jesus Ibarra of Hesperia was arrested Thursday after authorities say they found his garage full of stolen sweets. He was freed on bail but couldn’t be reached for comment at his home Friday.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says Mars Candy Co. sweets that hadn’t passed inspection were supposed to be trucked to a location in San Bernardino County for destruction but when the truck arrived, 7,500 pounds of candy were missing.

The Sheriff’s Department says investigators caught a break when ads starting turning up online.

That led to Ibarra’s home. Authorities say his garage had been turned into a candy store with 30 racks of boxed candy labeled with prices.