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Jan 8, 2014 2:26 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

Reward offered for missing candy store mascot

A sweet reward is being offered by a local candy store whose mascot disappeared Tuesday evening. "Truffles the Bear" was stolen from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in the 100 block of Pine Street in Paso Robles, according to store officials. The large, stuffed Kodiak bear, which, for the last 11 years, has sat outside the store, was last seen around 7 p.m. Store manager Patricia Harden says the bear, which police value around $300, is 40'' tall, nearly the same length wide, and is "really darn cute." On a daily basis, Truffles sits in a wrought-iron chair near the store's entrance wearing a blue shirt with the saying, "Will work for Chocolate" printed on it, and a maroon apron that states, "If God wanted me thin Chocolate would be a vegetable." The store is offering a 10-pound candy bar for information leading to Truffles' safe return. Anyone with information is asked to call the store at 226-7598.

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