Two children told authorities Monday that they saw a man stealing cigarettes from a Martinez drug store.
An assistant manager of the Walgreen’s at 3900 Washington Road said two women brought their young children into the store at about 6 p.m. The children said that between 1 and 2 p.m., they saw a man stealing cartons of cigarettes from behind the counter, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s office incident report. Outside the store, the thief offered the children cigarettes not to tell.
Deputies reviewed store surveillance video footage and saw two men make two trips behind the counter while the cashier was away, according to the report. The men stole 15-20 cartons of cigarettes worth $525-$700.
The children said the men left in a black sport utility vehicle, according to the report.