Surveillance photos of the suspect in the Wrentham Yankee candle thefts.Wrentham Police

Fear not, your apple spice, cranberry chutney and honey dew melon-scented wares appear to be safe; police have identified the great Yankee Candle bandit of Wrentham.


Police issued a community alert over the weekend after a man described as wearing a black coat with a fur-trimmed hoodie allegedly stole 30 Yankee Candles from the Cracker Barrel Restaurant Shop during the pre-Christmas shopping crush Saturday evening at Wrentham Village Premium Outlets. The man, whom police have not yet named, ran away after allegedly pilfering dozens of the perfumed party gifts.


It apparently didn’t take long for police to figure out who the suspect was. Shortly before midnight Sunday the department had identified him. However, it was unclear if he had been arrested or charged or when he will be arraigned. And the motive for his crime. Was it a crime of passion? Opportunity? Or was he just looking to mask an unfortunate household odor?


In a statement, Wrentham police said: “This is another case where good honest people stepped up and helped other good honest people by identifying a guy who ultimately is taking money right out of their pockets.”


“Hats off to you good guys. Now we'll seek a warrant for his arrest and bring him back to Wrentham to face the judge,” the statement said.


Yankee Candle declined to comment for this story, saying through a spokeswoman the company does not comment on thefts. The company also declined to identify its best selling fragrances of the season.