$20K Worth of Cigarettes Stolen From Shop

Police pursuing leads from surveillance tape

PETALUMA, CA -- Three people forced their way into a local store over the weekend and stole an estimated $20,000 worth of cigarettes, according to police.

Surveillance footage recorded three suspects forcing open the front door of Cigarettes Cheaper store around 10:30pm Saturday in the Plaza North Shopping Center on North McDowell Boulevard.

The suspects had empty plastic containers with them and stole approximately 400 cartons of cigarettes. The loss was estimated between $16,000 to $20,000. Petaluma police are reviewing the footage for leads on the theft. They are also asking anyone with leads to call the Petaluma Police Department. 

Bert Marchael July 25, 2012 at 06:43 PM
People still smoke in Cali??? I thought it was illegal in the whole state!! See, smoking leads to crime. Ban smoking for the whole state. We need more government control over our lives.
sine metu July 25, 2012 at 07:10 PM
As I have said many times in the past, keep raising the prices of cigarettes, and next people will start stealing them, and a black market will ensue. These "big" thefts will start occurring with regularity, and I look for the day when people start knocking over "truck loads" (hijacking), of cigarettes. Raising the price of cigarettes was started to deter minors from buying cigarettes, then they made it against the law for minors to have cigarettes, then they raised the prices even more, but this did not "stop" anything, it caused some people to quit or not take up the habit, but it did not stop it, and never will. The last futile attempt to make cigarettes unattainable was when our glorious leader raised the cigarette federal tax "128 %" right after he took office!! Sorry, but you'll never make people completely quit smoking even if you quit making cigarettes. They'll just start rolling their own! No body has been able to make people quit smoking pot have they?, and that is even "illegal" in this country!
Jeramiah Johnson July 25, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Well I hope they report the value of the cigarettes they stole on their tax retruns
brushyface July 26, 2012 at 04:28 AM
sine metu; Is right this state as the other 49 will never be smoke free. I smoked for 50 years quit about 3 yrs. a go friends still smoke dont bother me but like phroabition this will bring more crime. like we really need that.
ARSONVICTIM August 04, 2012 at 10:40 PM
This cracks me up. My family and house were a victim to arson. 5 Counts of attempted murder and over 120k in damage. Plus caught on video surveillance. Cased closed after a short investigation. Maybe Petaluma Patch along with the P.P.D.should have done an article like this asking for the community's help and show a picture of the arsonist. That would have been nice!


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