Crime & Courts

Snack cakes stolen; truck crashed into canal

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 what happened early Monday morning, Wichita police say.

The delivery truck was reported stolen from the Walmart in the 500 block of East 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 more than 200 cases of Little Debbie cakes in it, worth an estimated $6,000, at the time it was stolen, he said.

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

"They hid them, like maybe they would come back and get 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.

"What would you do with a truck like that?" Chambers asked. "It would stick out like a sore thumb."

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

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