Man breaks into store, takes cigarettes and leaves $6
A man has been arrested in New Mexico for allegedly breaking into a convenience store and taking cigarettes. Unlike most thieves, the suspect, Ellis Battista, left $6 for the merchandise.
Early Sunday, morning Battista and another man sought to purchase a pack of cigarettes from a convenience store in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Although the store is normally open 24 hours a day, the clerk wasn't present at the time and the store was locked, WTLV reports.
Surveillance footage shows Battista banging on store's door before kicking it open, according to police. Once inside Battista, who is believed to be intoxicated at the time, picked up a pack of cigarettes.
Before exiting the store, he ensured that surveillance cameras captured him leaving $6 for the pack of cigarettes.
Walgreen's, which is open 24 hours a day and sells cigarettes, is located immediately north of the convenience store Battista broke in to, detectives noted.
24-year-old Battista is charged with one count of breaking and entering, a fourth-degree felony.
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