Man breaks into gas station, steals 30 cigarette cartons

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A man reportedly broke into a west-side gas station early Saturday and made off with 30 cartons of cigarettes.

The Phil’s One Stop gas station at 3005 Hillegas Road was burglarized just after 4 a.m. Saturday. Nate Weitzel, Phil’s corporate general manager, told NewsChannel 15 that a grey sedan backed up to front door of the station and a masked man dressed in a blue hoodie with a black T-shirt over it and white sneakers broke through the front door with a wrench.

According to an Allen County Sheriff’s Department report, a deputy arrived to find the front glass door shattered.

Once he was inside, Weitzel said the suspect took cartons of cigarettes and left. The report said the man used two bags to haul the cartons away.

Surveillance footage provided by Weitzel shows a man hunched over in an aisle with items scattered on the floor behind him, and a small sedan parked in front of the store. The man was there and gone from the building within two minutes, according to surveillance footage.

Weitzel said it appeared the suspect had “done this before.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Allen County Sheriff’s Department at (260) 449-7535.

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