Investigators look for three suspects after cigarette theft
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Authorities say about 45 cartons of Newport and Marlboro cigarettes were taken when three robbery suspects went behind the counter of the RaceTrac gas station on the 400 block of Marietta Highway around 11:15 p.m. and told the night manager to move as they took the cigarettes. <br> Special to the Tribune
Authorities say about 45 cartons of Newport and Marlboro cigarettes were taken when three robbery suspects went behind the counter of the RaceTrac gas station on the 400 block of Marietta Highway around 11:15 p.m. and told the night manager to move as they took the cigarettes.
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Investigators are looking for the three suspects who they say robbed a RaceTrac convenience store late Wednesday night, taking about 45 cartons of cigarettes. On Thursday, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department released photos from the robbery and asked for help in finding the men.
Investigators are looking for the three suspects who they say robbed a RaceTrac convenience store late Wednesday night, taking about 45 cartons of cigarettes. On Thursday, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department released photos from the robbery and asked for help in finding the men.
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Another Cherokee County convenience store was robbed in a second such incident this week, and, once again, the suspects made off with a large quantity of cigarettes.

The two robberies do not appear to be related, authorities said.

Investigators are looking for the three suspects who they say robbed a RaceTrac convenience store late Wednesday night.

On Thursday, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department released photos from the robbery and asked for help in finding the men.

Lt. Jay Baker, spokesperson for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department, said Thursday it is not believed that the robbery is related to the Woodstock robbery Monday night at West Market in Woodstock.

In the latest robbery, three men entered the RaceTrac gas station on the 4000 block of Marietta Highway around 11:15 p.m. and told the night manager, who was working the store alone, to move as they filled a large trash bag with about $2,200 worth of cigarettes, a responding Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department officer said in a report.

Unlike the early morning robbery of West Market in Woodstock on Monday, the suspects in Canton did not take any cash along with the cigarettes.

According to the report, the RaceTrac employee told officials the men did not threaten him or indicate that they had any weapons; they simply told him to move as they went behind the counter.

After loading up with about 45 cartons of cigarettes, the suspects fled the scene, the report said.

An employee from a RaceTrac store in Woodstock was sitting in his car in the store’s parking lot and told police he saw two black males with a large black trash bag run behind his vehicle and retreat toward a nearby Kroger shopping center, police said.

“Cigarettes have always been common target of thieves who burglarize and/or rob convenience stores,” Baker said.

Baker added that the suspects, who were caught on the store’s surveillance camera, appeared to be of a different ethnicity than the suspects in Woodstock.

Investigators are asking anyone who recognizes the men to call 911.
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