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Break-in brings reward offer



A $500 reward is being offered to the person who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people who broke into a Whitesburg store last week.

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields said at least five cartons of Marlboro cigarettes valued at about $250 and $20 in quarters were taken from The Tobacco Store, located near Solomon Road, around 11:15 p.m. on June 7.

Surveillance cameras show at least two people breaking out the drive-thru window, lifting up the window and then gaining entry through the window, said Fields.

The alarm sounded and the perpetrators fled on foot.

Jerry Nantz, owner of The Tobacco Store, is offering the reward.

This is the sixth time in eight years the store has been burglarized.

The store was last burglarized on April 4, 2009 when several cartons of cigarettes and other tobacco products valued at around $2,500 was taken. A small heating and cooling unit was damaged during the forced entry.

Anyone with information about the June 7 burglary can call Fields at 633-2737 or Letcher County Ranger Phillip Slone at 633-7027.



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