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Accused cigarette bandit arrested

Police nab pair following alleged burglary

  • Joseph Kehn
    Tucson Police DepartmentJoseph Kehn
  • William Kuitert
    Tucson Police DepartmentWilliam Kuitert

A man accused of pulling off at least 19 cigarette heists from convenience stores around Tucson was arrested Tuesday night, police said.

Joseph Kehn, 22, of Tucson, allegedly entered the Circle K at 3541 E. Fort Lowell at 9:37 p.m. on Tuesday, walked behind the counter and filled a bag with cigarettes from a display case, said TPD spokeswoman Sgt. Maria Hawke.

Kehn is then accused of getting into a white pickup with a black stripe along the bottom, which fit the description of the vehicle TPD said Tuesday may be connected to 19 similar incidents.

Police were alerted to the burglary and a sergeant from Operations Division West spotted the truck near North First Avenue and East Blacklidge at 9:51 p.m., Hawke said.

The truck's driver was pulled over and police found evidence from the Circle K burglary inside, Hawke said.

Kehn and the driver, 25-year-old Willliam Kuitert, also of Tucson, were arrested and the truck was impounded, Hawke said.

Kehn and Kuitert both are charged with one count of third-degree burglary, one count of theft, and one count of organized retail thefts — all felonies, Hawke said.

Hawke said the pair face additional charges pending the investigation into the other burglaries.

Both were being held at Pima County jail.

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