Over the past few months there have been two incidents where these same two suspects, deemed the "Cigarette Bandits," have broken into businesses
Over the past few months there have been two incidents where these same two suspects, deemed the "Cigarette Bandits," have broken into businesses and stole large quantities of cigarettes. Suspects have hit locations in Norwalk and La Mirada areas.

NORWALK — Norwalk Sheriff's deputies on Wednesday released surveillance images of a pair of burglary suspects dubbed the "Cigarette Bandits" in the hope that the public can help authorities catch the thieves.

The suspects have hit several businesses in Norwalk and La Mirada within the past few months, breaking into gas stations, liquor stores and pharmacies and stealing large quantities of cigarettes, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Information Bureau.

The incidents occurred between Nov. 14 and Jan. 6 and involved a dark gray four-door Nissan Altima, authorities said.

Over the past few months there have been two incidents where these same two suspects, deemed the "Cigarette Bandits," have broken into businesses
Over the past few months there have been two incidents where these same two suspects, deemed the "Cigarette Bandits," have broken into businesses and stole large quantities of cigarettes. Suspects have hit locations in Norwalk and La Mirada areas.

One suspect is described as a Hispanic man; 30 to 40 years old; 5-feet, 7-inches tall; and 150 pounds. He was wearing a beanie and a black jacket. The other suspect is described as a Hispanic or white man; about 45 years old; 5-feet, 7-inches tall; and 180 pounds who is balding on top and has a moustache.

Images of both men were captured by surveillance systems at several of the businesses and show the suspects breaking front glass doors and walking behind the counter to steal several hundred cartons of cigarettes, according to a press release issued by the Sheriff's Department Wednesday.

The men are also believed to be responsible for similar burglaries at locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties.


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Detectives believe the men are local to the area and ask anyone who recognizes the suspects to call the Norwalk Sheriff's Station at 562-863-8711. Anonymous tips may be made by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637) or going to lacrimstoppers.org.

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