Accused cigarette bandit arrested
Police nab pair following alleged burglary
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.