Crime

May 7, 2014

Cigarette thieves burglarize Rock Hill store for third time

For the second time within two weeks, a Rock Hill convenience store was broken into and its supply of cigarettes stolen, police say.

For the second time within two weeks, a Rock Hill convenience store was broken into and its supply of cigarettes stolen, police say.

Officers were sent to the Plair Grocery Store on Simrill Street at about 8 a.m. after they received calls about a burglary, according to a Rock Hill police report. There, they determined that burglars broke into an empty storage room, forcing the door open so they could gain access to the rest of the store. They stole several 20-ounce sodas, along with Newport cigarettes.

The store’s owner told police it was the third time his store had been burglarized in the last two months, the report states. Last Tuesday, burglars broke into the store after ripping an air conditioning unit out of a window, climbing inside and pilfering beer and cigarettes.

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