Deputy stops Clover thief from taking 13 cartons of cigarettes

adouglas@heraldonline.comMay 18, 2013 

Deputies stopped an accused gas station thief from getting away this week after catching him with 13 cartons of Pall Mall cigarettes at the Borderline Mini Mart in Clover, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office report.

A man broke into the store around 2:40 a.m. Thursday, setting off an alarm and causing about $2,500 worth of damage, the report states.

A deputy arrived as the man was walking out of the store with about $400 worth of cigarettes in his arms, according to the report.

The deputy ordered the man to the ground. The man claimed his leg was injured, then jumped up and ran to a car waiting nearby, the report states.

After a short chase, the deputy arrested Ernest Demond Reid, 41, of Gastonia, according to the report.

Reid is charged with second degree burglary, larceny and malicious injury to real property, the report states. He is being held at the Moss Justice Detention Center on a $35,500 bond, according to the sheriff’s office website.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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