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Mysterious Tobacco Thieves Strike Store Second Time, Cops Say

Thieves were in and out of Jewel-Osco in four minutes after grabbing hundreds of dollars of smokes, police say.

Hundreds of dollars worth of cigarettes were reported stolen from Jewel-Osco and police believe it was the same pair responsible for a similar theft in October.

An employee who works behind the camera counter at Jewel-Osco at 8801 S. Ridgeland Ave., noticed that there were significantly fewer packs of cigarettes when reporting to work around 7:30 a.m. Nov. 19.

The cigarettes had just been stocked the previous evening and none had been sold that morning. The employee determined that $586 worth of cigarettes were missing and informed her manager, who reported the theft to loss prevention.

Loss prevention arrived the next day to review security video. At 6:26 a.m., a white female between the ages of 18-20 with long brown hair, and wearing a black winter coat and brown Ugg boots, was seen on camera.

The woman entered the store with a white male wearing a multi-colored jacket and black baseball cap. Police said the woman was grabbing cigarettes and putting them in her bag while the male went to another section of the store.

Both were seen exiting the store at 6:30 a.m., with the female’s bag bulging with merchandise.

Loss prevention believes the two are responsible for a similar theft on Oct. 21.

Rich December 03, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Isn't hundreds of dollars worth of cigarettes something like two cartons ?? Not a big heist.
anthony December 03, 2013 at 11:33 AM
She got behind the "camera" took a few snapshots and left...2am stories or writing is never a good idea ...
Just A Concerned Citizen December 04, 2013 at 09:09 AM
Where are the Photo's would love to see this, and Rich I agree, but the fact is that they stole it, how come from the experience last October did they not place a gate there, why was the Employee's not watching? This is getting worse at that jewel, I walked in there and bought a few items, put them in my bag and there was a lady standing there. I told her I did not steal this, i just paid for it. Her response was "I don't care I don't get paid enough to watch the merchandise, Im just a cashier. Now that's sad because 1 she is lucky to have a job, because there are allot of people out there with nothing, 2. she can hurt other Employee's who do care about their jobs and Jewel decides it is a problem store they will close down and kick everyone to the curb.
Darin Widmer December 06, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Oh myyyy
Darin Widmer December 06, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Are you saying it is Jewel/Oscos fault they got stolen from???

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