A little candy can add up to a rainbow of trouble.

A man caught removing tires from a truck that was supposed to contain 28 pallets of Skittles has been charged with stealing $250,000 worth of the candy, police said.

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Seven pallets are missing, authorities said. Alan Chavez, 22, has been charged with first-degree felony theft. It was unclear Monday whether he had a lawyer.

Chavez said he had paid someone else $500 for the truck's rims and tires, police said. The truck has an estimated value of $85,000, and the trailer's value is $30,000.

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