Men steal $3,000 in cigarettes

Surveillance photos provided by VBPD

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Detectives are trying to identify two men who stole more than $3,000 worth of cigarettes from a Virginia Beach convenience store.

The larcenies happened at the 7-Eleven at 3011 Silina Drive on three different occasions since August 2013:

  • August 25, 2013 at approximately 4:45 p.m.
  • February 22, 2014 at approximately 4:15 p.m.
  • May 17, 2014 at approximately 5:20 p.m.

Detectives say each time the suspects entered the store, and one distracted the clerks as the other went into the office and took cartons of cigarettes.

“The suspect would place the cartons into a trash bag and place the bag to the side before exiting the store, the second suspect would then leave the store with the trash bag,” said Tonya Borman, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Beach Police Department.

Each time, the stolen merchandise equaled more than $1,000, making the crime a felony offense.

One suspect is described as a black male with dark complexion, 40 to 50 years of age, 6’2” tall and 220-240 pounds. The other suspect is described as a black male of the same age, 5’ 10” tall and approximately 190 pounds.

Anyone with information about these crimes is encouraged to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (562-5887).

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