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Man charged in smash-and-grab at Metro-East gas station

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( -- A man has been charged after he allegedly drove a truck through the window of a Cahokia gas station and stole cigarettes, liquor and candy.

Albert Benford, 50, was charged Thursday with felony burglary.

Benford was arrested at his home in East St. Louis around 6 a.m. Wednesday and now police are trying to determine whether he is responsible for similar crimes in the area.

Police said Benford on May 23 used a blue pick-up truck to drive through the front of Midwest Petroleum, located at 2201 Camp Jackson Road. He then took cigarettes, alcohol and candy.

According to police, Benford is currently on parole for previous theft convictions. He was released from prison in March 2013.

He remains in custody on a $100,000 bond.

St. Louis Police said they interviewed Benford and determined he most likely is not responsible for the at least 10 smash-and-grabs that have been committed in the St. Louis area over the past few weeks.

In most of the St. Louis cases, the suspects stole vehicles and used them to crash into buildings so they could take merchandise.


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