Late Visit to Fudge Shop Has Bitter Ending for Suspect

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 4, 2007

Many people are fond of fudge, but Annapolis police said a woman they encountered seemed to have too much fudge. Now she will apparently face a rocky road (which, of course, happens to be a popular fudge flavor).

Bob Lawinger, proprietor of Uncle Bob's Fudge Kitchen on Main Street, said the incident this week in which a burglar stocked up on fudge is "one of the crazier things" that have happened in his nearly 20 years at the shop.

Annapolis police told it this way: At 12:03 a.m. Wednesday, officers were called to the Maryland House Hotel on Church Circle to see about a woman who had come into the lobby and said she had been sexually assaulted.

Officers talked to the woman and decided that her claim was without foundation. But as they spoke with her, it became apparent that her pockets were so filled with fudge that some was spilling out.

Acting on a hunch, police sent an officer to Uncle Bob's, a couple of blocks from the hotel. Police discovered that the door was unlocked and that a large amount of fudge had been removed.

In the meantime, the woman at the hotel had used the restroom. An officer checked and found that an effort had been made to flush away fudge. The amount was so large that the toilet was clogged.

In a statement released yesterday, Annapolis police said Catherine Anne Delgado, 35, of Greenbelt was arrested and charged with burglary.

Lawinger said last night that a surveillance camera at his shop recorded a woman who appeared to be taking fudge.

She seemed to know what she wanted, he said.

"She really liked rocky road. . . . She kept going back to that rocky road," which is made of chocolate with mini-marshmallows and pecans, he said.

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