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Police search for cigarette bandit

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -A cigarette bandit hit a Dougherty County store early Saturday morning. The crook didn't take much, but he caused hundreds of dollars in damage to the Fast Lane Food Mart on Sylvester Road. It's the third reported case in the county in the last two months.

It's also one of eight burglaries between Friday night and Saturday. Employees said the man used part of a cinder block to break in. He wrapped towels around his shoes to disguise his tracks. 

Once inside, he looked for money near the check out counter and a side room but didn't find anything. He snagged four packs of cigarettes but left $500 of damage to the front door.

This isn't the first time the Fast Lane Food Store at the corner of Sylvester and Pinson Road has had to replace its door front.

"Basically I was dumbfounded that it happened again," said employee Jessica Grant. "We come in here to make a pay check and he's busting in our door and taking money from us. We're making an honest living and he's stealing cigarettes."

Albany Glass replaced the door with a more flexible, durable material that shouldn't shatter as easily when broken.

Dougherty County Police are still searching for the suspect. Employees think he is most likely a teenager.

If you have any information that may lead to an arrest, call Crime Stoppers at 436-TIPS. Police encourage people to take extra precautions this time of year as burglaries continue.

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