Boxed in thief takes off with cigarettes

By Calvin Palmer

A thief in Nebraska used an empty beer carton on his head to hide his identity while stealing cigarettes from a convenience store.

Lincoln police Capt Bob Kawamoto says the man walked into a Kwik Shop convenience store around 4:30 a.m. yesterday, wearing an empty Bud Light box on his head as a mask.

Kawamoto says the man also had wrapped something around one of his hands, suggesting he was armed. But the man never showed a weapon.

Police said the thief left with nine packs of Newport cigarettes valued at nearly $50.

Police spokeswoman Katie Flood said this morning that the robbery was captured on video.

She said the man also dropped the empty 12-pack box as he fled, and it will be checked for fingerprints.

[Based on reports by newsday.com and the Lincoln Journal Star.]

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