Wichita Smoke Shop Burglarized Twice In Two Days

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Friday, June 14, 2013

A Wichita smoke shop has been burglarized for the second time in two days. The Central Shop Quick is at the corner of Central and Emporia in Downtown Wichita.

In each incident cartons of cigarettes were stolen. The amount taken is about $500.

The store's supervisor said it will cost them about $800 to fix two broken windows.

"It angers you because you can't make it with people breaking in every day," said Ken Hadley, supervisor.

Police are asking for the public's help looking for suspicious activity outside of convenience stores during after hours. Cigarettes are expensive and officers said that makes them valuable to thieves.

"If they can take these cigarettes and turn around and sell them out on the street for money then anything that they get from that is financially profitable. That's what makes it so attractive," said Lt. Doug Nolte.

Police are urging shops to keep cigarettes and alcohol away from front windows to avoid "smash & grab" burglaries.

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