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Cops seek IDs of theft suspects

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Norcross police are seeking the public's help in identifying the suspects seen in this surveillance photo.

Special photos Norcross police are seeking the public's help in identifying the suspects seen in this surveillance photo.

NORCROSS -- Norcross police are asking for help identifying three suspects who robbed a local gas station after hours Sunday night, taking only dozens of cartons of cigarettes.

According to Det. Bill Grogan, three black men pried open the door to the Shell station at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Buford Highway just before midnight Sunday, gaining access to the area behind the counter with a crowbar.

They proceeded to steal somewhere in the neighborhood of $3,000 worth of cigarettes -- and nothing else -- before fleeing the scene.

"They used to take lottery tickets, but there's a new trend now," Grogan said. "The thing is, cigarettes are like five, six, seven dollars a pack now, so they're stealing cigarettes. If they can steal $2,000 or $3,000 worth, they can get more than that back. It's a good business right now unfortunately."

All three suspects were caught on surveillance cameras, one very clearly. Grogan said the suspects may be related to similar crimes in other cities and jurisdictions.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects is asked to call the Norcross police tip line at 770-448-6457.

"We're really just hoping for somebody to see it and be able to ID these guys," Grogan said.