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Cigarette thief pulls door off West Asheville store

Employees at the M&J Food Store on Old Haywood Road said the break-in happened about 9:30 p.m. Sunday. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A thief or thieves targeted a West Asheville store after it closed early on New Year's Eve because of wintry weather.

Employees at the M&J Food Store on Old Haywood Road said the break-in happened about 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Surveillance video shows a dark-colored vehicle using a rope to yank the store door off the hinges.

Employees said cigarettes, cigarillos and glassware were stolen.

The Frugal Backpacker in Westgate Shopping Center reported a similar break-in.

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