By WECT Staff | January 27, 2021 at 11:05 AM EST – Updated January 27 at 2:21 PM
COLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) – Columbus County detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify a man caught on camera breaking into a pair of Dollar Generals and stealing cartons of cigarettes.
According to a news release, deputies responded to the Dollar General in the Old Dock Community shortly after 2 a.m. on Jan. 8 and found the store’s front glass door had been busted in.
A review of surveillance video showed a man breaking the glass door with a baseball bat, entering the store, and then stealing cartons of cigarettes, electronics, and lighters. Officials say the man left the store and got into a four-door car that was outside waiting for him.
On Jan. 9, deputies responded to the Dollar General in the Mollie community around 2:45 a.m. where they similarly found the front glass door busted in. Deputies also found merchandise from the store in the parking lot.
A review of surveillance video showed a man breaking in the glass door with a baseball bat and stealing cartons of cigarettes, sodas, and blunt wraps.
In both break-ins, the suspect entered and exited the stores multiple times to load the stolen items into the car.
If you have information, contact the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 640-6629.
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