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Surgoinsville bait shop burglar steals beer, leaves worms

Jeff Bobo • Apr 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

SURGOINSVILLE — The burglar who broke into Surgoinsville Bait and Tackle last week took cash, beer and cigarettes valued at more than $2,000, but left the worms.

Store owner Trevor Kahl reported to police Friday morning that someone had forced entry into the store at 2015 Main St. sometime after 10 p.m. the previous night.

Police found the top portion of a rear window had been broken, and the burglar had apparently reached in and unlocked the window to gain entry.

Among the items taken were more than 30 cartons of cigarettes including Camel, Tahoe, Winston Light and several varieties of Marlboro; two cases of Budweiser; a six-pack of Miller Lite; seven 40-ounce bottles of Colt .45 beer; 18 cans of chewing tobacco including Silver Creek and Timber Wolf as well as a carton of Red Man; 40 Bic lighters; three boxes of condoms; an unknown amount of rolling papers; and $1,114 in cash and coin.

The total value of the stolen items was reported at $2,246, and damage to the window was estimated at $100.

The burglar also left some things behind including a ski mask and two other items that police didn’t identify pending the outcome of the investigation.

Police found shoe prints leading northwest away from the store to an embankment, and other property believed to belong to the suspect was found on the embankment.

Surgoinsville Police Chief Jeff Hesoun asks anyone with information about the Surgoinsville Bait and Tackle burglary to contact him at 358-6007.

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