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NEWS NEARBY: $2,000 Worth of Cigarettes Stolen; Thefts on Candy Lane

News from Patch sites in the area.

-- Buford Patch

Two suspects pried open the door of a Buford business and escaped with more than $2,000 worth of cigarettes during an Oct. 10 burglary at the Rite Aid on Nelson Brogdon Boulevard.

A Gwinnett County Police officer was dispatched to the business at approximately 4 a.m. on Oct. 10 in response to a burglar alarm. Upon arrival, the officer discovered the front door was partially open and the frame had been pried back. In the process of checking the building, the officer discovered several cigarette packs appeared to be missing from behind the counter.

An employee of the business arrived at the scene shortly thereafter and played the store surveillance footage for the officer. According to the report, a man wearing a brown or green winter coat, black ski cap, orange gloves, dark pants and a white bandana over his face used a pry bar to open the door. He and the second suspect, who was carrying a large green or black tote box, entered the store and quickly went behind the front counter. The two suspects kneeled down and started pushing all the Newport and Marlboro cigarettes into the tote box. Once the tote box was filled, the two suspects left the store. The officer was unable to determine height or race for either of the suspects.

The suspects escaped with 30 cartons of Marlboro cigarettes valued at $1,500 and 150 packages of Newports valued at $885.

The case is listed as active.

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Candy Lane Is Sweet Spot for Burglar -- Lilburn/Mountain Park Patch

It seems that a group of burglars may have hit up at least two homes on the same day on the same street -- Candy Lane in Lilburn.

On Oct. 3, one of the victims contacted police after arriving home about 4:15 p.m. According to police report, a light was on that should not have been, an unknown powdery substance was on the stairs and fire extinguisher sitting in a place it shouldn't have been.

After seeing those suspicious circumstances, she left the home and awaited police officers outside.

When police arrived, they found disheveled bedrooms with open drawers, mattresses pushed off beds and covers removed. But, several pieces of electronics were still there, including a laptop on the floor, the report stated.

It was later discovered that a a Bulova watch and a diamond necklace had been taken, according to the report. Officers determined that the culprits pried open a window on the back of the house.

Nearby, in the same block, a resident flagged down police as they were leaving the first home. His home also had been apparently burglarized.

A flat screen television, $220 in cash, a Samsung tablet, a cell phone and a mini megaphone were determined to be missing, police reported.

All the cabinets in the kitchen also were open, and in all the bedrooms all the beds had been disturbed and the dressers drawers open and gone through.

Police discovered that the entry point was a basement window that had been pried open and the lock broken.

The two cases are under investigation.

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