'Cigarette Bandits' wanted in Norwalk

NORWALK -- Two men dubbed by detectives as the "Cigarette Bandits" are wanted after allegedly breaking into local stores and stealing several hundred cartons of cigarettes. Surveillance cameras caught the suspects smashing the glass doors of businesses and helping themselves to cigarettes behind the front counter.

The men target pharmacies, gas stations and liquor stores, authorities said. The incidents began Nov. 14 and most recently occurred Jan. 6.

Authorities think the suspects live in the area and released surveillance photos in hopes that someone will recognize the pair.

Both suspects are Hispanic men. One is about 45 years old, 5 ft. 7, 180 pounds and is balding with a mustache. The other suspect is 30-40 years old, 5 ft. 7, 150 pounds and was wearing a black beanie and black jacket.

They were seen driving a dark grey, four-door Nissan Altima.

"The suspects may be responsible for several other burglaries in LA and Orange Counties where cigarettes were stolen," detectives said. "Please take a good look at the attached photos."

Anyone who recognizes the suspects is asked to call the Norwalk Sheriff's Station at (562) 863-8711 or Detective Rincon at (562) 466-5444 or Detective Morris at (562) 902-2976.