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Crime Trackers: TPD recovers $15K worth of stolen tobacco

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An estimated $15,000 worth of stolen tobacco has been recovered and a local stolen goods resale operations has been shut down. An estimated $15,000 worth of stolen tobacco has been recovered and a local stolen goods resale operations has been shut down.
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Tucson Police Department has been investigating cigarette thefts since June.

An estimated $15,000 worth of stolen tobacco has been recovered and a local stolen goods resale operation has been shut down.

Det. Bill Hanson said cigarette thefts are a major problem.

“We’ve got cases that are ongoing right now and more people are still out there doing this,” said Det. Hanson. “They are totaling up tens of thousands of dollars in cigarette thefts.”

On Aug. 2, police arrested 20-year-old Coleman Younger James. He was charged with 14 counts of third degree burglary and one count of possession of narcotic paraphernalia.

Investigators said he ripped off 15 convenience stores, mostly Circle Ks.

He reportedly took $17,000 worth of cigarettes, liquor and lottery tickets.

“As far as we know, most of these items came from Circle K,” said Det. Hanson. “That’s why we are doing the check today; to see if there’s anything that may be from other businesses.”

On Aug. 6, Hien Nguyen was also arrested. He owns Hilltop Market. The stolen cigarettes and $30,000 in cash were seized from his business.

He was charged with three counts of trafficking in stolen property.

We’re told these cigarettes will not be resold and will probably be destroyed.

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