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'Butt Crack Bandits' steal 2K in cigarettes

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By Ruella Rouf By Ruella Rouf

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) -- Surveillance video shows crooks smashing their way into a local convenience store and the manager said he's tired of the mess the thieves are leaving behind.

The Conoco Fleming gas station on West 124th Street and State Line Road is still cleaning up from its last break-in early Friday morning. It's the second time this week that it happened and the manager is frustrated and wants the thieves caught.

"I'm tired of it. I don't have the time of day for thieves," said Ken Hammond, the Conoco's manager.

Hammond has watched the video over and over, even dubbing the crooks with a catchy name due to their trouble keeping their pants from dropping.

"'The butt-crack-bandits,' as you can see, I thought it was kind of funny," Hammond said.

What's not funny is what the crooks are doing to the store. Monday about 4:30 a.m. two men kicked out the glass on the back door to get in.

They came back about the same time Friday morning, this time trying to crash a white Dodge truck into the door. That didn't work so they busted through the front.

"I mean these guys are not rocket scientists," Hammond said.

They're only after one thing: high-priced cigarettes like Newports and Kools.

"We work really hard to make money in this store and for somebody to come in and steal it because they want to steal it without paying for it, then put them in jail," Hammond said.

The crooks have taken more than $2,000 worth of cigarettes and caused thousands in repairs to the store.

"Because they bent the frame. Who knows, now they've busted out the front door. I'm tired of it," Hammond said.

Hammond's hoping someone recognizes the face and speaks up.

"Somebody knows them," he said. "All I want is for someone to turn them in. They can get their $1,000 reward. These guys need to get off the street."

This isn't the only store in the area that's been hit. Police have told the manager that Discount Smokes, another store up the street on State Line Road north of the gas station, has also been broken into this week.

Anyone who believes they know who the man clearly seen in the surveillance video is should call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

 

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