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Cigarette Burglars strike several Weatherford Businesses

August 27, 2010 by Randy Keck

Over the last week, several local business in Weatherford have fallen victim to cigarette burglars. Since Aug. 19, four local convenience stores have been burglarized in the early morning hours by what Weatherford PD detectives believe to be the same group of individuals. The group makes forced entry into the stores by shattering the front glass doors and taking large amounts of cigarettes. In most of the cases, officers have been dispatched to the locations because of burglar alarms.

“We believe this is an experienced group of burglars,” said Detective Karl Westendorf, “Their methods are quick and focused – they force their way in, take the cigarettes and are gone in less than a couple of minutes.”

It is hard to obtain descriptions of the suspects due to the fact their faces are concealed with clothing or masks. Attached are several still photographs of the suspects taken while they burglarized the stores. The following locations have been victims in this string of burglaries:

Tobacco City 1900blk S Main St (Aug 19th)
Git-n-Go 1100blk Palo Pinto St (Aug 19th)
Food Mart 1400blk S Main St (Aug 25th)
Clear Lake Shell 2100 Clear Lake Dr (Aug 25th)

The Weatherford Police Department is urging anyone who may have information or who may have seen something suspicious in the area at the time of the burglaries to contact the department immediately at (817) 598-4345 or Parker County Crimestoppers at (817) 599-5555. REMEMBER – Up to a $1,000 reward will be paid for this information and you may remain anonymous.

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Sports Calendar

Tuesday, September 16

  • AHS Varsity Girls Orange at Mansfield Varsity Invitational, Glen Gardens, 8:00 a.m.

  • AHS Varsity vs. Crowley at Aledo, 3:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Mineral Wells JH at Aledo MS;
    8C, 5:00;
    8B, 6:00;
    8A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Aledo Middle School at Mineral Wells JH, MWHS Ram Stadium;
    7C, 5:00;
    7B, 6:00;
    7A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • AHS at Everman;
    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.;
    JV, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 17

  • Aledo Middle School JHG, JHB at Lipan Meet, 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, September 18

  • AHS JV at Crowley, 4:00 p.m.

  • Aledo Middle School at Weatherford Hall, Weatherford 9th grade center

  • Aledo Middle School at Granbury Acton MS;
    7,8 C - 5:00;
    7,8 B - 6:00;
    7,8 A - 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are subject to change. The lengths of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JH at Harvest Christian Academy, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, September 19

  • AHS Varsity Boys Black at Bart Granger Memorial, Pecan Valley GC through Sept. 20

  • AHS at Cleburne;
    Varsity, 5:30 p.m.;
    JV, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JV vs. CHANT - Christian Homeschool Athletes of North Texas at Aledo Middle School, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy Varsity vs. Harvest Christian Academy at Aledo Middle School, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 20

  • Aledo Middle School, A Team Tournament at Weatherford Hall, times TBD

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