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Burglary suspect uses pickup in smash and grab

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SPOKANE, Wash. - A burglar used a pickup to smash open doors to a West Plains convenience store Thursday morning and then stole cash and 107 packs of Camel cigarettes.

Deputy Wade Nelson said security video at the Conoco Station, 40 and Foseen, shows a newer Dodge or Nissan pickup being backed into the front doors of the business about 6 a.m.  The truck was a silver four-door model with no visible license plates.

After crashing the truck into the store, a male dressed in black sweatshirt and black pants runs into the business, jumps the counter and takes a cash drawer containing a small amount of money and checks and a second empty cash box.

The thief runs to the truck, but then re-enters the store and scoops up an entire display drawer containing the cigarettes.

Nelson said the suspect wore some type of gray mask or mesh covering his face.  He also wore gloves during the burglary.

Damage to the business far exceeded the amount of property stolen, between $5,000 and $20,000 according to the owners.  Anyone with information about the burglary is encouraged to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

- Spokane County Sheriff

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