Raleigh store plagued by break-ins


The thieves targeted a tobacco store as well as a clothing store in the Stony Brook Shopping Center near Capital Boulevard.

Police said quick cash was likely the motive since, they said, stolen cigarettes and clothing can be sold quickly.

The owner of the clothing store, Mr. Styles Clothing Shop, said he has experienced about 13 break-ins since starting his business in 2000.

"A year after we opened up, somebody drove a truck through this side," George Zaguilan said.

This time, surveillance video captured the suspects using a big rock to get into the store.

The video showed the suspects entering the store and snatching merchandise, before coming back for more while the alarm was ringing.

Zaguilan said they stole about $5,000 worth of goods and is frustrated because despite the 18 cameras he has monitoring his store, the suspects' identities were not clear.

"They had masks," he said. "White masks, and some type of bandana across their face. You can't really describe them."

The owner of the tobacco shop said she plans on adding video surveillance to her alarm system.

Raleigh police said there have been at least three other tobacco store robberies since March, with two of them at Food Lion stores after they were closed.

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call police.

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