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Thieves Break Into Southampton Shopping Center Stores

The burglary happened overnight and police are continuing to investigate.

Update: 12:30 p.m.

Police are now saying that 250-300 cartons of cigarettes were stolen from Discount Cigarette in the Southampton Shopping Center some time during the night of November 5 or early in the morning of November 6, 2012.  The estimated value of the stolen tobacco products is $13,000-$14,000 dollars.

The Discount Cigarette is closed today but an employee who was taking a smoke break and asked not to be identified said, "We prefer not to release any information right now."

In a release sent out by the Benicia Police Department it was revealed that officers responded to an alarm at Discount Cigarette at 2:21 a.m. Tuesday and that the store appeared secure.

The release also confirmed that the thieves gained entry to Little Thai by forcing the back door and that nothing was stolen from either Little Thai or Supercuts.

The thieves exited the scene through the back door of the Supercuts shop.

Police do not have any suspects in custody but are reviewing surveillance videos. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 

Burglars broke into three businesses in the Southampton Shopping Center late in the evening of November 5, or early in the morning of November 6, 2012.

Police are still investigating the break-in and have not released a statement detailing what if anything was stolen or whether there are suspects being sought.

Workers from two of the three affected businesses indicated that the burglars somehow gained entry to the Little Thai Restaurant, through the back door.   The thieves then entered a back storeroom and attempted to punch a hole into the Supercuts store next door.

They managed to make the hole but ran into a set of built-in cabinets that thwarted their efforts.  The burglars then moved to the dining room where they were able to knock a hole in the wall and gain entry into the Supercuts.

The thieves then went into the back of the Supercuts and knocked a large hole through to the Discount Cigarette.  Police would not allow pictures of the large hole but one Supercuts employeee was overheard saying it was large enough to walk through.

One shelf in the front of the tobacco retailer appeared to be cleaned out. 

Police remain tight-lipped about what was taken but said they will release more information as it becomes available.

Weingarten Realty, the company that owns Southampton Shopping Center refused to comment on whether they have contracted for 24 hour security at the center.  “That’s information we don’t disclose,” said Marketing Manager Carrie Murray who works out of Weingarten’s Houston, TX headquarters. 

Patch will update this story as  more details become available.

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Michelle Kye November 06, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Yikes! That's no good! I feel sorry for the businesses whose walls were damaged and merchandise taken. I'd sure be interested in knowing where the shopping center security was; this was not done quietly, quickly, or neatly by the looks of things. What about alarms at these businesses? I hope the police catch these theives.
Joe Feltcher November 06, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Check Vallejo. Also funny how with the dozens of false burglar alarms reported in the police blog daily that there were NONE for an actual break in.
Marlon Ostil November 06, 2012 at 08:28 PM
All that work for an $8 pipe. Alarms wouldnt have sounded unless they had motion. If Little Thai left the backdoor open then for sure that alarm wouldnt have gone off and even if the alarm was set that zone would need to be bypassed. In any case... all that work because idiot wanted to smoke!
Paul R. Winders November 06, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Wondering about alarms .sleeping guards and cameras??
Karl Voigt November 06, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Why the emphasis on "rent a pseudo-cop" security ?? Where were the real cops? How often do they patrol this area at night etc. etc.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" November 06, 2012 at 08:47 PM
J.B., WHERE ARE YOU!!!! Take those "Tunnel Visions' off!!! Black Mans’ Oath “In the Blackest lie,and in the whitest fright, No racism shall escape this black mans' sight. Let those who practice their racist rite, Beware my pen… when this Black man write!!!“
jeff bridges November 06, 2012 at 09:07 PM
What a heist! I feel a movie coming on...
Stephanie November 07, 2012 at 12:16 AM
It's a fact that Weingarten has opened up more robbery possibilities because they allow so many spaces to sit empty. They might as well put it up in lights: "WE DON'T CARE ABOUT THE REMAINING BUSINESSES IN OUR SHOPPING CENTER, please feel free to rob them!!!" Shopping centers that have multiple empty storefronts not only drain the remaining businesses of resources, but they also attract unlawful behavior. The caliber (or lack thereof) of businesses they choose to fill the storefronts with is key. A full shopping center watched by more than just a rent-a-cop that is plentiful with high caliber shops, plenty of bright lighting, and lots of video surveillance would not have as many robberies as have occurred in past years. Classic case of reap what you sow.
Joe Feltcher November 07, 2012 at 02:27 AM
"It's a fact that Weingarten has opened up more robbery possibilities because they allow so many spaces to sit empty." Really? Read the article. The thieves gained entry through an OCCUPIED space.
Michelle Kye November 07, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Maybe I shouldn't be thinkIng this but I can't help but wonder if certain types of businesses -- like cigarette stores -- attract more crime. I'm just speculating. I don't have any data.
Marlon Ostil November 07, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Dumbass low budget thieves! They dismt even bother the jewelry store! How bout the pet store? Some grimy dude was trying to sell me discounted dog treats a few days ago. Like a $14 package for $5, SMH!
Stephanie November 07, 2012 at 08:09 AM
Joe, I did read the article. The point I was making is that when many storefronts sit empty, the remaining stores are more susceptible to crime due to the vacancies, among other factors such as the clientele the current stores bring. Less positive (sales) traffic equals more negative (robberies) traffic. Perfect storm.
Richard Bortolazzo November 07, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I bet it was Weingarton...
Marlon Ostil November 07, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I also remember within the past two years at Southampton Center the copper coils from all the AC units getting stolen and the laundromat coin machines getting ripped off. Ehhhh... this is old news now.
Harry Spider II November 07, 2012 at 07:10 PM
We could help by patronizing the business affected. What's for lunch? How 'bout some Thai food... just a suggestion...
Joe Feltcher November 07, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I was thinking the same thing. I am going to get some Thai food, a haircut, then take up smoking.

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