LPD: Serial cigarette thief caught

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Pictured above: 52-year-old Jerome Simmons. Photo provided by the Lincoln Police Department.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A serial cigarette thief has finally been apprehended.

Since Oct. 21 of 2020, the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) has responded to numerous convenience store burglaries.

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Analyzing security videos from each case, LPD found the same man was breaking store windows to steal cigarettes and alcohol.

The burglar was later identified as 52-year-old Jerome Simmons.

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After months of chasing the tobacco thief, LPD spotted Simmons driving to Casey’s, 1200 N 10th St, on April 27 at 2 am.

Officers watched Simmons break storefront glass and crawl inside the store. As he was leaving Casey’s with a tote full of cigarettes, LPD took him into custody.

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Simmons is charged with 14 counts of burglary, one count of attempted burglary, and one count of possession of burglar’s tools.

Investigators served a search warrant for Simmon’s residents and found multiple cartons of stolen cigarettes.

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Over the course of his crime spree, Simmons stole about $22,000 worth of cigarettes and alcohol and caused over $7,000 in damage.

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