Police: Cigarette thieves strike again at store in Seguin

Seguin PD: Thieves targeting area convenience stores for cigarettes

Author: Katrina Webber, Reporter, kwebber@ksat.com
Published On: Jan 03 2013 04:54:09 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 03 2013 05:28:38 PM CST
SEGUIN, Texas -

A pair of burglars who have been targeting convenience stores in the region during the past four months apparently have struck again.

Police in Seguin said the latest break-in happened at the Fuel Express store in the 1000 block of Austin Street early Wednesday morning.

The same men are believed to have struck in that city before, and in stores from Marion to Luling, Guadalupe County to Comal County, during the past four months or so, according to Sgt. Victor Pacheco with the Seguin Police Department.

"Money was taken out of the cash register. And also cigarettes from the store were taken," Pacheco said. “Speculation. We think they’re reselling them on the street. We’re told they get about $20 per case.”

As in the other cases, Pacheco said, the crooks entered the business between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. and by forcing open the front door.

“They didn’t break any glass,” he said. "They're using a crowbar to pry the door open. Usually, it's a set of double glass doors."

In at least one prior case, police were able to obtain surveillance video of the burglars in action.

They distributed a somewhat grainy photo, taken from that video, to local media outlets in the hope that someone might recognize them.

“We don’t have any suspects identified at this time,” Pacheco said. “The suspects in the video are always wearing hooded sweaters or some type of clothing always covering their faces."

Police are asking the public to keep a watchful eye for any unusual early morning activity.

Because police believe the crooks may be reselling the beer, they ask anyone who is approached with that type of offer to give them a call at 830-401-2340.