Cigarette Theft Ring Hits Several Walgreens as New California Tax Raises Prices

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A group of men are suspected of stealing large quantities of cigarettes from Walgreens locations across the eastern San Fernando Valley, including in Burbank, according to authorities.

Suspects in cigarette thefts are seen in a photo released by the Burbank Police Department on July 16, 2017.

Sometime around 4 a.m. June 20, two men entered the Walgreens at 1028 S. San Fernando Blvd. They walked up to an employee and told her to “stay back” as they began putting cartons of cigarettes into a pillow case, according to Sgt. Derek Green, spokesman for the Burbank Police Department.

They then fled in a waiting vehicle described as possibly a gray four-door sedan, Green said.

Walgreens stores in Van Nuys, North Hollywood and Arleta have reported similar thefts. It’s estimated that they have stolen thousands of dollars’ worth of cigarettes.

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