‘Heartbroken’ cops must toss doughnuts after finding stolen bakery van in California

Police in a Northern California city may have thought they’d hit the mother lode early Thursday when they recovered a stolen bakery van full of purloined pastries, officers wrote on Facebook.

But then tragedy struck.

“When officers looked inside, what they found broke their hearts: over 100 discarded donuts without a home,” read the Facebook post.

Photos with the post show doughnuts fallen from toppled racks of trays inside the van, with some having fallen out the back onto the pavement.

Police in Redding, California, recovered a stolen doughnut van, but had to throw out the 100 discarded doughnuts found inside, police say, calling it a “tragic” incident. Redding Police Department

“Heartrbroken” police had to throw the discarded doughnuts away, cops wrote, taking every opportunity to poke fun at stereotypes about doughnut-loving police.

“Yes, it’s true, we as officers do have a sweet spot in our hearts for donuts,” the Facebook post reads. “I mean, who doesn’t love donuts?”

Despite an “extensive” search, police failed to turn up the dastardly doughnut despoiler involved in the “tragic incident,” police wrote.

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Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.