Police were working to identify a man who broke into a carryout through a bathroom ceiling.
Investigators said that the thief targeted Ziad Hijazin’s Harmon Avenue carryout around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Hijazin said that he thought the two locks on his store’s bathroom door were enough to prevent a break-in.
“The ceiling of the bathroom—there are sheets of concrete and metal,” Hijazin said. “Either he’s a professional or he knows exactly what he’s doing.”
Surveillance footage showed the man filling a plastic bag with packs of cigarettes. Hijazin said that within two minutes, the thief stole between $400-500 worth of cigarettes.
“Every two weeks every month somebody breaks in,” Hijazin said. “It makes it really hard for us to survive.”
The FBI estimated that organized retail theft, which includes stealing cigarettes, is a $32-35 billion industry.
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