Cigarette stealing suspects sought in multiple heists

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) -- New Orleans police are looking for a team of cigarette thieves.  The case is the latest to roll on the Wheel of Justice.

Police say in all of the cases, a man and woman worked together to steal cigarettes from stores and in at least one of the cases, the pair had help from a third person who worked as a lookout at a store's front door.

Police say the heists all went down about the same way.  A man and woman enter a store and either force their way into the office, storage room, or behind the counter.  Then they begin grabbing cartons of cigarettes, usually putting them in a bag or the woman's purse.

The first case happened on September 7 at about 7:30 in the morning at the Walgreens in the 4200 block of Chef Menteur Highway.  The second happened at about 1:00 in the afternoon at the Family Dollar in the 3600 block of South Carrollton.  The most recent case reported by police happened on September 12 at 9:30 in the morning at the Circle K in the 3700 block of South Carrollton Avenue.

Police say in every case, the thieves left the scene in a gray Chevrolet Monte Carlo.  Police releases a series of photos from the investigation.  You can see them by clicking through the photo gallery at the top of this page.

If you have any information on the suspects, call CrimeStoppers at 504-822-1111.  You don't have to reveal your name or testify, and you could earn a $2,500 reward.

If you can help solve this latest Wheel of Justice case, call CrimeStoppers at 504-822-1111.  You don't have to reveal your name or even testify, and you could receive a cash reward.

So far, 320 people have landed behind bars after their cases rolled on the Wheel of Justice.

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