Authorities searching for cigarette thief

"Newport Bandit"

August 9, 2010 9:25:05 PM PDT
Cumberland County Sheriff's Detectives are searching for a cigarette thief they have dubbed the "Newport Bandit."Authorities say the suspect made off with $225 worth of stolen stogies from the 3-D Grocery located at 10461 Ramsey Street in Linden.

Investigators say he broke into the business during the early morning hours of July 20 by smashing out a glass front door.

Surveillance video shows the suspect jumping over the checkout counter, grabbing a paper bag and pulling Newport cigarettes from an overhead storage compartment.

The suspect is described as an African American man who is approximately 25-years-old and was last seen driving a newer model black Honda Civic.

Anyone with information regarding this theft, or if you recognize the suspect in the attached photos, please contact the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at (910)323-1500.

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