Thief cuts hole in Big Apple store, steals cigarettes

Posted Feb. 14, 2012, at 10:08 a.m.

GRAY, Maine — Police are searching for a man who allegedly used a saw to cut a hole in the wooden wall of a Big Apple store here and stole thousands of dollars in cigarettes.

Lt. Donald Foss of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said the store’s manager showed up just after 4 a.m. Monday and discovered the basketball-sized hole in the wall directly behind where the cigarettes are kept behind the counter.

Police don’t have a description of the suspect, Foss said.

“It’s unlikely that there is video [surveillance] simply because the suspect didn’t actually gain entry,” said Foss, noting the suspect reached through the hole he cut and took the cigarettes.

“He didn’t need to put both feet inside the store,” Foss said.

The cigarette cartons were valued at between $55 and $75 each, according to Foss.