Man breaks in to store for smokes, leaves cash

Posted at 6:41 PM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-03 18:41:03-05

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- A New Mexico man is accused of breaking in to a convenience store for a pack of cigarettes - but also making sure to pay for them.

Police in Las Cruces say the 24-year-old man went to buy cigarettes early Sunday, but the business was closed.

Surveillance cameras show him pounding on the front door several times and then kicking and breaking the door's lower panel.

Police say the man, later identified as Ellis C. Battista, 24, went inside, grabbed a pack of cigarettes and then made sure the cameras captured him leaving $6.

A witness called 911, and police say they found and arrested Battista. He faces a felony charge of breaking and entering.

Damage to the store's front door is estimated at $800.

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