Press Release

Subject: Attempt to Identify - Cigarette Thefts
Incident Type: Cigarette Theft
Incident Date/Time 2/7/2020 9:00:00 AM
Expire Date/Time 3/7/2020 9:00:00 AM
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Person/Suspect Info
DAY OF WEEK Sunday – Wednesday
INCIDENT DATE 1/26 – 29/2020 TIME 1504 - 314 hrs.

Case Number: 2020-002548 / 2020-002751 / 2020-002696
Location(s): Dollar General @ 7026 US 301 N, Ellenton (N30)
Walgreens @ 1504 53rd Ave E, Bradenton, (E20)
Seven Eleven @ 4920 Moccasin Wallow RD, Palmetto (N20)

On 1/26/20, at approximately 3:04 pm four unknown individuals entered the Dollar General store and separated into two groups. While one group created a distraction by dumping laundry detergent and requesting it to be cleaned, the other group entered a storage area and filled two garbage bags with cigarette boxes. The suspects, described as one black male and three black females left with close to $3000. worth of cigarettes.

Also on 1/26/20 at approximately 4:30 pm three un-identified black females and a black male walked into the Walgreens. A female distracted the front end employee, while the other female distracted another employee within the store. The male subject then jumped the counter and started to take cigarettes and cigarillos from the shelves, placing them into a black garbage bag. Within minutes the suspects exited the store with close to $2000. worth of cigarettes.

On 1/29/20, at 3:14 am two unknown individuals entered Seven Eleven convenience store, walked into a storage area behind the counter and removed several cases of cigarettes, also using garbage bags. The subjects then fled in a dark colored sedan. Shortly after fleeing, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office pursued a 2013 dark blue two door Nissan with a FL Tag, believed to be involved in the burglary. The subjects fled and were not captured.

Anyone with information on these cases is asked to contact the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS.