Cigarette Bandit Strikes Again - Committing Three More Smash and Grabs

03/18/15
Cigarette Bandit Strikes Again - Committing Three More Smash and Grabs
Over $30,000 in Cigarettes Stolen in 15 South Tampa Burglaries
Watch Video from the Quick Mart Burglary here

Detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify a burglar who is stealing large quantities of cigarette cartons. Investigators believe he is selling them on the streets. The suspect is targeting South Tampa businesses in the early morning hours. The suspect typically smashes or pries open the front door to gain access, steals cartons of cigarettes and flees on foot. Anyone with information that would help identify the suspect is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or the Tampa Police Department at (813) 231-6130.

Suspect Description: Black male, between 40 – 50 years old, approximately 6’2” and 200-240 pounds. Suspect is known to wear gloves and a baseball cap during the burglaries.

Burglary #15
01/03/12, 5:15 a.m. – 5:45 a.m.
Rainbow Food Mart, 1421 South Howard Avenue,
Suspect smashed the front glass door and took approximately 68 cartons of cigarettes.

Burglary #14
12/25/11, 4:32 a.m.
Sweetbay Supermarket, 2100 West Swann Avenue, Tampa
Suspect used a prying tool to gain access through the front glass door. Suspect took 20 packs Newport cigarettes.

Burglary #13
12/17/11, 5:37 a.m.
BP Gas Station, 301 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa
Suspect broke the glass door and took six cartons of cigarettes.

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Detectives Searching for Convenience Story Burglary Suspect
Suspect has hit 12 stores stealing cigarettes
Video from the Quick Mart burglary located at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8INREiv9Nq8

Burglary #12
12/12/11, 4 a.m.
Walgreens, 6818 North Armenia Avenue
The suspect broke into the business and took 40 cartons of cigarettes.

Burglary #11
12/4/11, 5:30 a.m.
Rainbow Food Mart, 1421 South Howard Avenue
The suspect pried open the front door and took cigarettes.

Burglary #10
11/27/11, 4:15
Westshore Foodmart, 3446 South Westshore Boulevard
The suspect removed the glass from the front glass door and took 96 cartons of Marlborough cigarettes.

Burglary #9
11/25/11, 5 a.m.
Farm Store, 3815 Manhattan Avenue South
The suspect smashed out the sliding glass door and took 25 cartons of cigarettes.

Burglary #8
11/23/11, 2:30 a.m.
Farm Store, 3815 Manhattan Avenue South
The suspect smashed the sliding glass door and took 40 cartons of cigarettes.

Burglary #7
11/22/11, 5 a.m.
Farm Store, 3111 Bay to Bay Boulevard
The suspect pried open the sliding glass door and took 75 cartons of cigarettes.

Burglary #6
11/22/11, 4:30 a.m.
BP Gas Station, 301 North Dale Mabry Highway
The suspect broke into the store and took an undetermined number of cigarettes.

Burglary #5
11/20/11, 4:30 a.m.
S&S Food Mart, 3318 Henderson Boulevard
The suspect pried open the front door and took 15 cartons of Marlboro Cigarettes.

Burglary #4
11/13/11, 4 a.m.
Citgo Quick Mart, 6101 Interbay Boulevard
The suspect pried the front door locks and took 20 cartons of assorted cigarettes.

Burglary #3
11/11/11, 4:30 a.m.
Rainbow Food Mart, 1421 South Howard Avenue
The suspect pried open front door and took 71 cartons of Marlboro Lights/Black & Mild/Newports / Camels/Parliament cigarettes.

Burglary #2
11/4/11, 5 a.m.
S&S Food Mart, 3318 Henderson Boulevard
The suspect pried open front door and took 20 cartons of Marlboro/Newport/305 cigarettes.

Burglary #1
10/30/11, 5 a.m.
Farm Store, 3111 Bay to Bay Boulevard
The suspect broke the glass and pried the sliding glass door out of the frame. He took 40 packs of Marlboro Light cigarettes.
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