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The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is searching for a group of suspects who stole more than $8,000 worth of cigarettes from a store in Tampa last Friday.
Around 4:50 a.m. on April 26, three male suspects entered the Thorntons located at 4103 Gunn Highway in Tampa. One of the suspects distracted the clerk while the other two suspects entered a back storage area. The two men grabbed nearly 90 cartons of cigarettes, valued at $8,242, and fled through the emergency exit. A fourth man waited outside in a silver four door sedan.
Detectives believe the same suspects attempted, unsuccessfully, to commit the same type of theft at another Thorntons store located at 425 E Brandon Boulevard. All three suspects are described as black males approximately 20-30 years old.
Anyone who recognizes the suspects is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200. In order to be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com
or send a mobile tip using our P3 Tips Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads and Droids. You must call Crime Stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.