Crown Candy Kitchen Broken Into, Chocolate Ruined

Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – They’re cleaning up after an overnight break-in at a landmark north St. Louis business.

“2 broken windows, $10 dollars in change, 3 hours sleep, An a little more faith in humanity Is what we lost. Sigh.” reads the Twitter feed of Andy Karandzieff, owner of Crown Candy Kitchen at 1401 St. Louis Ave.

Karandzieff told KMOX hosts Charlie Brennan and Debbie Monterrey that the worst part was the broken glass from the smashed out windows, which got into a big batch of premium chocolate that will have to be thrown out for safety’s sake.

“It was two-hundred pounds,” Karandzieff said Tuesday morning on KMOX. “So you figure retail when I sell chocolate it starts at fifteen dollars a pound, when you do the math it’s a significant loss.”

That math comes out to a loss of $3,000.

On the plus side, besides nobody being hurt, Karandzieff said his surveillance cameras were working just fine.

“I’m downloading all the video off all the cameras we have so the detectives will have plenty of images of this criminal genius,” according to Karandzieff. “He went from one window (of another business), to the next window, back to the other window. And then he decided on ours and he broke a window and climbed through it.”

He noted it’s just the 3rd time in the 102 years that Crown Candy has been doing business that they’ve suffered a break-in, adding that they were ready for business as usual on Tuesday.

The reaction on social media also seemed to buoy Karandzieff’s spirit.

“So much love from all of you. Thank you STL for loving and supporting us all these years. I’m deeply touched!,” he wrote on Twitter.

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