Snatching cigs from clerk's hand ups charge

Richmond police are asking for help to identify the man seen in surveillance video at a Walgreen's in the 1600 block of Jackson

July 12, 2011 9:18:01 AM PDT
Richmond police are asking the public for help in identifying a man who committed a theft at the Walgreen's located in the 1600 block of Jackson in Richmond. The unidentified man walked into the Walgreen's at 12:52pm on Tuesday, June 28, and was seen on video placing merchandise in his pockets. Police say he then went to the checkout register and asked the clerk for a pack of cigarettes. When the clerk went to ring up the cigarettes the suspect grabbed the pack of cigarettes from the clerk's hand and ran out the store.

The suspect was last seen leaving the Walgreen's parking lot in a gold colored vehicle traveling northbound on Collins Road.

The theft of a pack of cigarettes would normally be considered a Class C misdemeanor, however, since the suspect grabbed the cigarettes from the clerk's hand this is considered theft from a person, which is a state jail felony.

If anyone recognizes the suspect in the photos, they're asked to contact Detective Diana Butinski at the Richmond Police Department at 281-342-2849.