Suspected cotton-candy thief: 'I was being stupid'

SEATTLE -- Displaying an admirable amount of self-awareness, a man caught stealing $6 worth of pre-packaged cotton candy told his arresting officer, "I was being stupid," according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, a security guard patrolling the waterfront shortly before 11 p.m. Aug. 18 spotted a group of men near the carousel.

The guard later told officers the men appeared to be watching him, so he became suspicious and found an inconspicuous place to observe them from.

According to the report, the guard watched as one of the men went behind the counter of a closed snack bar and grabbed two packages of cotton candy.

The guard took the suspect into custody and called police. When police arrived, the suspect immediately admitted he was being stupid and said he had taken the cotton candy on a dare, according to the report.

The suspect, who said he lives with his mother but doesn't know her address, was booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary.

The stolen cotton candy was damaged sometime during its theft and recovery, so the security guard gave it to the suspect's friends, possibly teaching them no lesson at all.

On a probably unrelated note, Hempfest had just wrapped up a mile away from where a grown man who lives with his mother was arrested for allegedly stealing cotton candy.