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Tampa police search for Newport-loving burglar

TAMPA — The pattern was distinct. Over the past two weeks, police noticed that a burglar kept smashing convenience store windows and stealing Newport cigarettes.

They have a video from the latest break-in — in which the man appears to have a cigarette in hand. But detectives haven't been able to identify him.

Police are asking for the public's help identifying the man who apparently likes his Newports.

They believe he has broken into the:

• Chevron gas station at 4101 Gandy Blvd. on June 23 at 2:30 a.m.

• Super Test gas station at 3501 S Dale Mabry Highway on June 28 at 12:40 a.m.

• And the same Chevron on June 30 at 1:14 a.m.

Police ask that anyone with information call them at (813) 231-6130 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at (813) 226-3433 or jvandervelde@sptimes.com.

Tampa police search for Newport-loving burglar 07/01/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 1, 2011 4:12pm]
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