Cops aren’t exactly known for being funny. But one police department proved that there’s a funny side to repossessing a car. However, the story behind this particular vehicle wasn’t as humorous as police officers made it seem. You see, the truck’s backstory stemmed from the vigorous pursuit of a suspect who had wreaked havoc in a town for several years.
On the surface, Ketchum seemed like the perfect town. This city in Idaho had over two thousand people. During ski season, the quaint town, which is near Sun Valley, came to life. But throughout the year, everything ran slow and smoothly in Ketchum. All that changed when the streets in Ketchum were hit with something sinister.
The use of controlled substances began to rise in Ketchum. Cops found teens running wild while possessing a number of illegal substances. But authorities couldn’t figure out who the supplier was. Ketchum wasn’t known for having controlled substances. And yet, the number of reported cases regarding these substances continued to rise every month. By this point, cops were determined to discover the source behind the dealings. But other problems began to plague Ketchum, which kept officers occupied.
As if controlled substances weren’t bad enough, authorities also had to deal with petty theft. In order to support their bad habits, people were finding quick ways to make cash by stealing. If that weren’t bad enough, the local hospital reported medical issues related to substance abuse. It seemed that more patients were brought to the ER for using too many substances. But when cops interviewed one man, they got their very first lead.
The alleged dealer used a common pseudonym in the crime world to identify himself. The Candyman was his name. But sadly, that was all the information authorities had on him. They were baffled by how one guy had caused so much trouble for the residents in Ketchum. The Candyman was proving difficult to catch, and soon enough, officers had become discouraged. One day, they caught the lucky break they were looking for.
The cops caught a dealer with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar. They knew that this dealer would lead them to the Candyman. The suspect cracked during his interrogation and gave officers the name they needed, and it wasn’t just some lame nickname either. The cops finally had the name of the guy who had been messing with their town. Now they had to take him down, but that was easier said than done.
The Candyman had managed to evade authorities, which made cops extremely miserable. In fact, he had slipped away not once, but several times during various raids. But the police were on to him, and they weren’t going to give up until they finally had him in custody. So, in order to do that, cops came up with the perfect plan to catch Candyman.
Cops decided to stop pursuing Candyman in order to give him the false impression that they had given up. While they played out this waiting game, controlled substance trade around town had diminished, but the problem hadn’t gone away completely. Cops wanted to end this, so they set up an operation that was guaranteed to work.
The Candyman started to surface in less than no time, which was exactly what the authorities had anticipated. The number of crimes related to controlled substances was on the rise again, and so was the number of petty theft cases. But the cops weren’t panicking because this was exactly what they wanted all along. This allowed them to track Candyman’s movements until the timing was just right.
The Candyman's headquarters got raided by cops. Naturally, the crook tried to escape, but he failed. The cops had anticipated every possible contingency for his escape. There was no way that he would get away from them this time. Now the cops had him right where they wanted him; behind bars. But this arrest came with another surprise, and this was a great prize.
Cops ransacked Candyman’s home and found tons of evidence to indict him on seven felony counts. Among the various charges, he was charged with the delivery of two major controlled substances. But what authorities found in the garage was like icing on the cake. Cops found a heavy-duty truck, which was his pride and joy. But soon, the truck would become the police’s pride and joy, thanks to an interesting twist of fate.
The cops repossessed Candyman’s truck and turned it into a vehicle that could be used by the police force. But it was the message on the back of the truck that really had everyone around town talking. The cops wrote in bold black letters: “This vehicle belonged to a drug dealer: he went to jail and we are driving his car." From that point on, the truck had become a hit amongst the community!
People around town couldn’t stop writing about it on social media. "That's what I'm talking about," wrote one person. "GOD BLESS Our police!" wrote another. The truck was no longer an instrument of darkness. It was a symbol of justice. But the community still needed time to recover in the wake of Candyman’s wrath. But aside from making the people of Ketchum smile, the truck did something extra special.
The newly acquired police truck reminded the citizens of Ketchum that authorities were always watching. They hoped that this would serve as a warning for anyone looking to take over Candyman’s sinister work. Fortunately, taking him down was a win-win for cops. But cops couldn’t believe all the coverage they got after he was arrested.
The story eventually spread beyond the borders of Ketchum and touched the hearts of people around the world. It seemed like authorities in this quiet little town had quickly made their good deeds known. And fortunately, the Ketchum community was now safe and sound. Everyone was happy once again, but circumstances would have been a lot different if this police unit hadn’t intervened.