Little Debbie delivery truck stolen, then dumped into canal

WICHITA — It's one thing to be a fan of Little Debbie cakes.

It's another to steal a delivery truck in the wee hours of the morning, stash cases of the sweet snacks along a path running parallel to the Canal Route, and then crash the truck into the water.

But that's precisely what happened early this morning, Wichita police say.

The delivery truck was reported stolen from the Walmart in the 500 block of West Pawnee at 3:55 a.m. It was spotted by several commuters heading to work a few hours later, Sgt. Darren Chambers said.

The driver of the truck apparently left the engine running during a delivery, Chambers said.

"They probably just jumped in it and took off," Chambers said.

The truck had an estimated $6,000 worth of Little Debbie cakes in it at the time it was stolen.

Officers found where the truck drove through the fence next to I-135 near Lincoln and continued along a bike path. They discovered dozens of cases of the snack cakes stashed along the path.

"I guess somewhere down the line they were planning to come back for them," Chambers said.

The truck was then driven nose-first into the canal behind the Kansas Foodbank Warehouse in the 1900 block of East Douglas.

Police suspect more than one person was involved in the truck heist.

The truck was removed from the canal and returned to the distributor.

See Tuesday's Eagle for more on this story.