Sunday, April 26, 2009

Burglars steal more cigs

http://www.richmond register. com/localnews/ local_story_ 114205000. html

Burglars steal more cigarettes

By Brian Smith
Register News Writer

Burglars struck another Richmond business overnight Friday and made off with cigarettes, police said.

Richmond Police Department spokesman Sgt. Willard Reardon said officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress at Hall’s Tobacco, 457 Eastern Bypass, around 2:45 Friday morning.

The front glass door had been shattered to break into the building, police said, and a search of the area failed to locate any suspects.

The store’s owner took an inventory following the burglary and said four cases of cigarettes containing a total of 120 cartons were missing.

Officers were able to recover eight of the cartons while searching the area, Reardon said. The total loss was valued at $4,800.

The burglary is the third in the past two weeks where a glass door was broken at a business and cigarettes taken, but Reardon said that police do not think the burglaries are connected at this time.

After a burglary Wednesday morning at the Redi Mart on Lexington Road, witnesses saw two men dragging a trash can filled with cartons of cigarettes across Lexington Road.

Police found 49 of the 66 missing cartons when they searched the area, Reardon said. Also under investigation is an April 12 burglary at the Redi Mart on Red House Road where two men were seen breaking the front door in with a rock before stealing several cartons of cigarettes.

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