Chewing gum was the target for an east end thief who snatched $1,500 worth of gum from a Barton Street East store over two days late last week.

Hamilton police picked up a man wanted in the huge gum heists Friday.

On two separate instances on Sept. 17 and 18, a man went into a store on Barton Street East just west of Kenilworth Avenue North and stole gum, worth over $1,500, police say.

He was caught on camera grabbing the gum and then on Friday, officers spotted him riding his bike on Gage Avenue by Beechwood Avenue.

A 22-year-old Hamilton man was arrested and released on a promise to appear and charged with two counts of theft under $5,000.

Police have not recovered the gum.