Report: Suspects use "oldest trick in the book" to steal cartons of cigarettes | Crime
The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a group of thieves who's using one of the oldest tricks in the book to steal cigarettes from a local store.
According to the report, deputies are searching for five suspects, two females and three males, they say used a distraction technique to aid them in theft of nine cartons of cigarettes from Pantry Express located on Saint Andrews Road in Lexington County.
On May 10, around 6 p.m. the group entered the store.
Once inside, three men stayed in front of the store by the counter, while the two female suspects walked back to the cooler section of the store, the report stated.
The women then “accidentally” dropped a six-pack of Margaritaville beverages.
When the clerk left the counter to grab a wet floor sign, two of the three male suspects crawled behind the counter, grabbed multiple cartons of cigarettes and began stuffing them in their pants.
The suspects then stood around for a few minutes before fleeing the scene.
The report said the suspects are described as:
The first suspect is described as a heavy set black male between 18-25 years old, 5’10”- 6’0”, weighing between 175-200lbs. The suspect was last seen wearing blue jeans, a colorful plaid short sleeved shirt, with black tennis shoes and a purple hat with yellow designs on it.
The second suspect is described as a thin black male with a brush hair cut, between 18-25 years old, 5’10”- 6’2”, weighing between 150-170lbs. The suspect was last seen wearing black jeans with a design on the back of the legs, a black t-shirt, black tennis shoes and a red and black hat with “A” on the front.
The third suspect is described as a thin black male with a low brush hair cut and goatee between 18-25 years old, 5’10”- 6’2”, weighing between 150-190lbs. The suspect was last seen wearing black jeans, a blue, black and white stripped t-shirt and white tennis shoes with green laces.
The fourth suspect is described as a black female between 18-25 years old, 5’6”- 5’9”, weighing between 140-165lbs. The suspect was last seen wearing a pink halter top, with black and white leggings and sandals. According to the report, the woman may have had “Andre” tattooed on her foot.
The fifth suspect is described as a black female between 18-25 years old, 5’6”- 5’9”, weighing between 150-175lbs. The suspect was last seen wearing a pink, purple and yellow striped dress and sandals. According to the report, the woman may have had “Andre” tattooed on her foot also.
If you know anything about this crime, you are urged to contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.