Police: More than $4,300 worth of cigarettes stolen from 2 stores


St. Cloud police are looking for four men suspected of stealing more than $4,300 worth of cigarettes in two overnight burglaries.

According to a department news release: in both cases, the thefts took place in the early morning hours, and involved four men – some of whom served as lookouts while others jumped over the counter to take boxes and boxes of cigarettes.

Police released surveillance photos (above and below), and asked for the public's help identifying the suspects.

According to police:

The first incident occurred at 2:41 a.m. at Cash Wise East on Dec. 18.

Two male suspects jumped over the service counter, while two other male suspects watched for store employees. They took "several cartons of various brands of cigarettes," valued at about $2,700.

The suspects fled before police got there.

The second incident happened on Jan. 6 at about 4 a.m., at a Coborn's.

One male suspect went behind the counter while three other male suspects watched for store employees. Again, they took several cartons of different brands, this time valued at about $1,600.

They fled before police arrived.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the St. Cloud Police Department at 320-251-1200, or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 or online.

Crime tips can also be texted to 274637 ("Crimes"). Start the text with "TRITIP."

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