Tucson police investigators are turning to the public for help identifying a man they say is part of a group of prolific cigarette thieves. Police say they've struck nine times in a two-month period.
Between the dates of Feb. 17 and April 14, the suspects stole cigarettes from different Circle K stores in Tucson. The incidents happened at 1785 West Prince Road and 10290 East Speedway Boulevard.
Police say the same suspect or group of suspects have committed as many as three thefts in one day, and most recently stole cigarettes from 1785 West Prince Road on April 11 and April 14.
All of the crimes took place between the hours of 6:56 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., with the majority occurring in the early morning hours.
Circle K staff are still working to compile a complete list of stolen items, but as of April 5, nearly $22,000 worth of merchandise has been stolen. The two most recent cases could put the total value of the loss to the Circle K Corporation at over $25,000.
Police say the suspects walk into the stores and go directly behind the counter where they load up bags with cigarettes and liquor. One particular suspect appears in the surveillance video in most, if not all, of the crimes.
The man's face appears in several of the still images, and the Tucson Police Department is requesting the public's help identifying him. Police say due to the brazen conduct of this group it's important they're caught soon. If you recognize him, call 911 or 88-Crime.
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