Man breaks into store, takes cigarettes and leaves $6

Man Breaks Into Store, Takes Cigarettes, Leave $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.

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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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