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UPDATE: Pair Steals Puffs Stuffed Down their Pants

PIO 12-3-28

UPDATE: BSO detectives have filed charges against the two men seen in surveillance video stealing 28 cartons of cigarettes.  Detectives received information about the suspects through a detective working an unrelated case.

The suspects in custody are:

Fred Burke, D.O.B. 1/22/62.  He was arrested on 3/26/2012 on an unrelated case.

Charles Wright, D.O.B. 10/1/57.  He turned himself in on 3/20/2012 on an unrelated case.

They each face one count of grand theft.

The surveillance video released on March 21 can be viewed on our website

Below is the original media alert sent on that date:

The BSO Office of Media Relations is currently working a developing incident regarding a Pair Steals Puffs Stuffed Down their Pants located at: RaceTrac, 3031 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Pembroke Park.

Public Information officer Keyla Concepcion is currently gathering the details. Here's what we know so far:


Two thieves somehow managed to keep several cartons of smokes in their pants, but not out of the view of surveillance cameras. The pair was spotted walking into the RaceTrac gas station at the above location around 4:30 p.m. March 11. The men got ahold of the key that opens the cigarette case and are seen making several trips as they steal 28 cartons of Newport Cigarettes valued at almost $1,500.

Detectives made contact with the owner of the commercial van used as the getaway vehicle, but have been unable to identify the two suspects.

Anyone who recognizes the men or has information about the theft is asked to contact BSO Detective Phillip Love at 954-985-1953, ext. 230 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477). Tips can be submitted online at

**MEDIA NOTE: Very clear surveillance video can be downloaded from our website

This information should be considered preliminary, and as with any developing situation, the details may change.

Posted At: 03/30/2012 12:15 PM


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