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Caught in Act: Cigarette thieves hit local businesses

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Cigarette thieves hit up local businesses. Source: FOX 10 News Cigarette thieves hit up local businesses. Source: FOX 10 News

Three Mobile businesses hit up over the weekend and police believe it's the work of the same two men. One of the suspects caught on surveillance video.

All it took was 40 minutes and three stores became the target of suspects looking for cigarettes -- they try to sell on the streets for a huge discount.  While they only managed to get into one of the stores, there's good reason to believe it's an old habit they can't stop.  

From a distance it looks like business as usual at the Rite Aid, 5301 Moffett Road, but take a closer look and you'll see plywood partially covers the store's front entrance. It's the result of an attempted burglary early Saturday morning around 1 a.m. While the front door was damaged, the suspects did not get inside. Mobile Police say it was the first of three stops for two suspects.

Around 1:20, they hit up the Discount Tobacco, 675 Schillinger Road. Shattering the front door to gain entrance they stole several cigarettes. 

At approximately 1:42, Mobile Police responded to Bebo's Springhill Market, 3614 Old Shell Road for a burglary alarm. Surveillance video caught one of the suspects who is hiding his face with a covering and hoodie. Using what appears to be a large pipe he attempts to smash one of the front windows. Several unsuccessful blows later, he takes out a small ax and gives it a few more heavy swings before going back to the pipe. Unable to gain entry, he leaves empty handed.

The store believes it's the same suspect who hit them up three weeks ago on Saturday, February 10th. This time around 11:40 p.m. on a rainy night. The disguise is not only the same, but he appears to be wearing the same white shoes. 

Surveillance cameras were also rolling as he threw a large metal pipe through the same window -- making impact and shattering several wine bottles inside. He would crawl inside and make his way to the cigarette stash before filling up his big black trash bag. It all happens in less than a minute and a half -- the suspect crawling out the same way making his getaway before police arrive on scene.  

Anyone with information is asked to call Mobile Police at 208-1700. 

Meanwhile, if you have any video of people "Caught In The Act", we want to see it. Send us an email at fox10reportit@fox10tv.com and we may show it in our newscast.

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