But then again, the numba of stolen packs will definitely go up everytime the tax goes up within Crook County.
It was a classic case of being in the right place at the right time.
Two Carnegie police officers, Sgt. Jeff Kennedy and Patrolman Dennis Lawrence, observed a person shortly after 3 a.m. last Thursday running from the BP gas station at East Main and Chestnut streets.
The man had a bandanna around his face, was dressed in dark clothing and was carrying a military-style duffel bag. When the fleeing man ignored the officers' orders to stop, a foot chase ensued and he was apprehended on Sansbury Street.
Inside the duffel bag police found 23 cartons of various brand-name cigarettes worth more than $1,200.
Shortly after the apprehension, Allegheny County police dispatch notified Carnegie police of a burglar alarm sounding at the BP Station, where police found that glass in the door had been smashed with a hammer and cigarettes stolen.
Charged with burglary, criminal mischief, theft and possessing instruments of crime was Michael P. Begliner, 22, of Carnegie. He was taken to Allegheny County Jail.
With cigarette costs on the rise, so are thefts, according to a recent issue of Convenience Store News magazine, which believes that the sale of contraband cigarettes is increasing because the items are portable, light and can be resold for nearly full value.
Convenience Store News recommends that store owners determine typical daily cigarette sales and limit the number of cigarette cartons on view.