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Thieves smashed through the wall of a South Tampa cigar store and looted the place

TAMPA — Davelis "D.C." Goutoufas spent Monday examining a surveillance video of his South Tampa cigar shop, Gaspar's, watching two men break in and make off with a plasma television, bottles of liquor and more than a thousand high-end cigars early Friday.

The two men parade in and out of view, one with a shirt draped over his head. They go for the Graycliffs, which Goutoufas sells for $35 each.

Tampa police say that sometime between 1:30 and 3:30 a.m., someone broke through the drywall of the store, at 3607 S West Shore Blvd. They disabled a keypad access lock before raiding lockers and a humidor area.

The men were gone when police arrived, but their images are ingrained in that video — and in Goutoufas' memory.

He plans to blow up their image and distribute it.

Times staff writer Kim Wilmath contributed to this report.

Thieves smashed through the wall of a South Tampa cigar store and looted the place 07/06/09 [Last modified: Monday, July 6, 2009 11:53pm]
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