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Posted on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 6:17 a.m.

Cigarettes stolen in break-in at Pittsfield Township business

By Julie Baker


Pittsfield Township police released this photo of the break-in suspect.

Courtesy photo

Editor's note: This story was updated at 12:50 p.m. with a suspect photo.

Pittsfield Township police say cigarettes were taken in a break-in early Monday at a Washtenaw Avenue business.

Police responded to an alarm at a business around 1:34 a.m. Monday and discovered that a break-in had occurred, according to a news release. A man entered the business, in the 4000 block of Washtenaw, and stole cigarettes.

Ann Arbor Police K-9 assisted with a search of the area that ended with negative results, the release said.

The suspect is described as a white man in his late teens early 20s, approximately 6 feet tall with a thin build and short, sandy blond hair.

Police continue to investigate the break-in. Further information was not immediately available.

A number of cigarette thefts have been reported in Washtenaw, Monroe and Lenawee counties in the last month. The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office has investigated multiple thefts in Ypsilanti Township, as well as Scio Township.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or with information is asked to call the Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety at 734-822- 4911.

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Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 4:09 p.m.

He looks just like the guy that was in the Adrian (Lenawee) paper a week or two back. I wouldn't call that "sandy blond" hair though.


Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 3:50 a.m.

Isn't this break in near the County Jail and Juvinile Detention Center? Makes me wonder...Was the suspect recently released from one of them? Keeping it close to home maybe. This guy may wind up spending Days In the jail pardon the pun.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 6:29 p.m.

So what is the reason for not naming the business?

Julie Baker

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 5:48 p.m.

Pittsfield police just released a suspect photo. I'm updating the story now.

Superior Twp voter

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 5:37 p.m.

Stinkerbutts...... the new cash.

dading dont delete me bro

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 5:07 p.m.

no video from ANY of these break ins?!?

Robert Granville

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 3:56 p.m.

Nicotine is a drug like any other....well except it tops the addiction potential charts.... above heroin and both common forms of cocaine. The only thing preventing crime like this from becoming commonplace is the legality of the drug.

Basic Bob

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 4:42 p.m.

You fail to mention that little old ladies smoke cigarettes. We can't crack down on them as harshly as people who live in abandoned buildings.

Unusual Suspect

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 3:43 p.m.

Why don't people lock up their cigarettes in a cigarette safe?

Julie Baker

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 3:32 p.m.

The cigarette thefts remind me of a recent MLive story on smokers buying tobacco in other states because of cheaper prices. Higher prices = more thefts? Or is it just the same people over and over? Here's the MLive story: Michigan's cigarette tax makes smugglers out of smokers who want to evade high prices

Robert Granville

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 3:59 p.m.

Higher prices equal more thefts, yes precisely. Where are the highest prices for drugs? The street.... illegal drugs. Catching my drift? Drug crime is a byproduct of the war on drugs. This doesn't generally happen with cigarettes because they're legal.... even though they're unequivocally more addictive than any illegal drug.

Jon Wax

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 3:22 p.m.

what's up with Pittsfield? i thought they were just shouting to the rafters about how crime was down? and i thought they claimed that violent crime was down a huge amount? wasn't there a domestic homicide there last week or so? now this? sounds like pittsfield township council does some funny things with their stats. i guess that's the power of "spin". Peace Wax


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 4:19 p.m.

Ms1215919 11:06 AM on 1/21/2013 Jon, I believe you refer to the headline from 1/19/13 - "Statistics Show Only Break-Ins and Narcotic Offenses on Rise in Pittsfield Township" - the first sentence of which reads, "Pittsfield Township was a safer place to be in 2012." As often happens in reporting the emphasis is on the wrong aspect....but I guess doesn't sell as well. "ONLY." lol

Robert Granville

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 4:04 p.m.

How can you make a comment about fudging the numbers when you basically are citing two crimes? Pretty sure you can't make a good faith judgement about crime in Pittsfield based on anything less than a reasoned look at their crime data for some appreciable period of time.... at least 6 months if you're trying to be fair about it. Something tells me you're not.

Nicholas Urfe

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 2:30 p.m.

Also, "You've come a long way, baby!"


Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 3:41 a.m.

"Come up to the cool taste of Kool" Hahaha!


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 5:47 p.m.

"Show us your Lark" was the one that made me chuckle.....oh my..

Nicholas Urfe

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 5:16 p.m.

"I'd walk a mile for a camel, if only I could still do so without coughing up a lung"

Basic Bob

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 4:38 p.m.

There were so many good slogans. My favorite "I'd walk a mile for a camel"

Nicholas Urfe

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 2:23 p.m.

Love the free advertising for Marlbaro with the photo. I suppose it would have been too difficult to show a pic of a business. Does get a kickback for that?


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 1:58 p.m.

What you have here is the law of unintended consequences. Make the taxes so high and onerous on a product and the black market then steps in.

Robert Granville

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 4 p.m.

HEYO We've got a winner!

music to my ear

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 1:32 p.m.

6 bucks a pack, he can sell them on the street for 3.99, use that money to go buy "whatever "


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 1:23 p.m.

If you sell drugs and they get stolen, I have no sympathy. None.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 1:11 p.m.

Cigarettes are a gateway drug.

Unusual Suspect

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 8:46 p.m.

To cigars?


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 12:42 p.m.

Must be a huge market for stolen cigarettes.

Matt Tuck

Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 2:48 a.m.

He must be thinking "Why pay for something that is going to kill me?"