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By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Cigarette burglary spree hits Decatur pharmacy

A pair of thieves struck a Decatur pharmacy last weekend in what appears to be the latest hit in a string of burglaries targeting CVS stores across North Texas.

And the only drug the two thieves were interested in was nicotine.

According to video footage from the store’s security cameras, two black men broke into CVS about 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

“They broke out one of the glass doors at the front entrance,” said Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins. “As soon as you walk in the counter is there on the right. They went behind there, grabbed the cigarettes and got out.”

They were in and out in less than 10 minutes in what looked to be a routine operation for the duo. They made off with about 40 cartons of menthol-flavored cigarettes. The cost for one carton is more than $60.

Over the past couple of months, more than 20 CVS pharmacies across North Texas have been targeted.

“This is part of an organized burglary ring probably operating from somewhere in the Metroplex,” Hoskins said.

The Decatur Police Department plans to share any evidence they find with a Metroplex task force created to arrest those involved in the chain of cigarette burglaries.

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