Deputies request help identifying suspect after $17,000 worth of cigarette cartons stolen

HAMMOND — Law enforcement is requesting the public’s help in identifying and finding a person caught on video allegedly stealing over $17,000 worth of merchandise.

It was Dec. 3, 2023, at a Hammond gas station, the Circle K on S Morrison at Club Deluxe Road around 8:30 a.m., when the person caught on video entered the store and went to the storage room. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s deputies say the man then loaded two duffle bags with merchandise.

“In security footage, the subject can be seen sneaking around the store and through the storage room, where he stole approximately $17,000 worth of merchandise,” said TPSO.

Majority of what was taken includes several cartons of Newport, Marlboro and Kool cigarettes. Before leaving, the person is accused of stealing $2,300 cash from the manager’s purse.

The person then walked out the store carrying the two duffle bags and left out. Unfortunately, security cameras outside the building did not catch the suspect leaving or which direction the person went.

Detectives believe the person in the video to be the same suspect as another shoplifting case from a local Dollar General.

Sheriff Edwards asks anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect to contact Detective Earl McFarland at 985-902-2043, OR Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous.

To submit an anonymous tip, call 1-800-554-5245 or visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com and click on the P3 Tips icon or Submit A Tip! You may be eligible for a cash reward.

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