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Driver smashes through store for cigarettes

Thu., Oct. 8, 2009, 11:07 a.m.

A man backed a pickup through the doors of a West Plains convenience store this morning and stole money and more than 100 packs of cigarettes.

Surveillance video shows a newer model silver, four-door Dodge or Nissan truck backing through the front doors of the Conoco Station at 40th and Fosseen about 6 a.m., according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. The truck had no visible license plates.

The driver, wearing a gray mask or mesh, gloves, a black sweatshirt and black pants, jumped over the counter and grabbed a cash drawer and an empty cash box, then returns for a display drawer containing 107 packs of Camel cigarettes.

The store’s owners estimated damage to the building to be between $5,000 and $20,000, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.



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