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Apr 16, 2013 9:31 PM by Robby Messer

Tucson Police looking for cigarette theft suspect

TUCSON - Tucson Police need the public's help to find a suspected cigarette thief.

Police say between February 17, 2013 and April 14, 2013, a group of suspects have engaged in nine separate incidents of cigarette theft from different Circle K stores in Tucson. Those incidents occurred at 1785 West Prince Road and at 10290 East Speedway Boulevard. The same suspect or group of suspects have committed as many as three thefts in one day and most recently stole cigarettes from 1785 West Prince Road on April 11, 2013 and April 14, 2013.

All of the incidents took place between the hours of 6:56 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., with the majority occurring in the early morning hours. Circle K staff are still working to compile a complete list of stolen items, but as of April 5, 2013, nearly $22,000 worth of merchandise has been stolen. The two most recent cases in April 2013 could put the total value of the loss to the Circle K Corporation at over $25,000.

In each of the crimes, the suspect or suspects enter the stores with some form of bag, walk behind the cashier counter and fill the bags with cigarettes and liquor. In each incident, the suspect or suspects wore hooded sweatshirts or hooded jackets in an attempt to hide their faces.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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