Cigarette Bandits Strike Again and break into 7-Eleven Merced Police say

Merced Police are looking for two cigarette bandits, they believe they are responsible for a break-in earlier this month.

Officers responded to the burglary at the 7-11 store located at 1107 Loughborough Drive at around 2:53 a.m. today. Police say two unknown suspects wearing masks broke the front window and entered the store.

Both suspects grabbed various cigarettes and e-cigarettes. The burglary lasted approximately 35 seconds. The estimated value of the items stolen exceeded twelve hundred dollars. The store was closed for maintenance at the time of the incident.

Police believe that these may be the same suspects from the burglary that occurred on December 8th, 2020. Police say they received tips from the public about the previous burglary about these two thieves attempting to steal items from vehicles in the Fahrens Park area.

Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Officer D. Saelee at 209-388-7721 or by email at

If you see these thieves in your neighborhood, please call the Merced Police Department at 209-385-6905.

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