TUCSON – On Feb. 17, 2019, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call at Circle K at 3:14 a.m. Since Jan. 1, this specific Circle K location has had over 50 thefts. Deputy Dan Jelineo said that convenience store thefts are a major problem county and citywide.
News 4 Tucson obtained surveillance video of a suspect who walked into Circle K to buy beer. The clerk explained it was past the closing time of 2 a.m., which was why the beer cooler was locked. The clerk and the suspect began to converse. The suspect then headed to the counter in an attempt to buy a pack of cigarettes.
The clerk then asked to see the suspect’s identification. The suspect did not have that on him, so the clerk did not sell him the cigarettes.
The suspect left the store, but within seconds returned for a conversation with the clerk. While talking, the suspect reached over the counter, pointed at the register and demanded money and cigarettes. During this time, the suspect kept his left arm in his sweatshirt, implying he had a gun. This was when the clerk said he began to fear for his life. He then gave the cash and the cigarettes to the suspects.
The suspect left in a white Toyota or Nissan. Detectives say the vehicle was a late or early 90’s model.
In these type of situations, people like Philip Mortera, end up paying more for items in order for the stores to make up for the loss.
“Yeah, it’s really upsetting, but it is just something that you have to do,” Jelineo said. “Sometimes you have to pay for other peoples faults”
Detectives need the public’s help to identify this individual and are urging people to call 911 with any information. Callers who wish to remain anonymous should call 88-CRIME.