Burglar smashes hole in Lil’ Champ store, steals cigarettes


Published: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 11:05 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 11:05 a.m.

Someone broke into a convenience store early Monday by smashing a hole in a wall and then carting off several cartons of cigarettes, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

Investigators said a surveillance camera showed a white man dressed in black with a bandana over his face entering the Lil’ Champ store at 2152 NW 39th Ave. at 1:26 a.m.

Police spokeswoman Angelina Valuri said the intruder took about $250 worth of cigarettes from cabinets behind the cash register and then crawled out through the same hole he created to enter the store.

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