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April 25, 2014

$40,000 in cigarettes stolen

LAKE PARK — Burglars made off with an estimated $40,000 in cigarettes from a Lake Park business earlier this week, and investigators are examining forensic evidence to track down the culprits.

Smitty’s Tobacco at 1315 Lakes Boulevard closed at 7 p.m. last Friday, April 18. Some time between then and 5:11 a.m. Monday, intruders stole $40,000 worth of tobacco products, mostly cigarettes, and $350 cash, according to reports from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office.

“The offenders forced their way into the building by cutting a hole in the roof,” said Sheriff’s Lt. Stryde Jones. “Crime scene personnel processed the scene and gathered forensic evidence, collected fingerprints and obtained other evidentiary items.”

Jones said investigators are examining the evidence and that the sheriff’s office is actively investigating the case.

Reports estimate the burglars caused $3,000 worth of damage to the building.

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