Man breaks in to store for cigarettes but leaves cash

Altria; Marlboro; cigarettes
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

LAS CRUCES (AP) – A New Mexico man is accused of breaking in to a convenience store for a pack of cigarettes – but also making sure to pay for them.

Police in Las Cruces say the 24-year-old man went to buy cigarettes early Sunday, but the business was closed.

Surveillance cameras show him pounding on the front door several times and then kicking and breaking the door’s lower panel.

Police say he went inside, grabbed a pack of cigarettes and then made sure the cameras captured him leaving $6.

A witness called 911, and police say they found and arrested the man. He faces a felony charge of breaking and entering.

Damage to the store’s front door is estimated at $800. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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