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Two suspects are wanted for stealing thousands of dollars of cigarettes from nearly 10 pharmacies, include ones in Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst.

Police are searching for two suspects believed to have stolen thousands of dollars’ worth of cigarettes from various pharmacies in Brooklyn, including in Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst, since the beginning of June.

The two have been linked to 10 different incidents within the confines of the 61st, 62nd, 68th, 78th and 84th Precincts in which they grabbed the smokes then fled the scene.

According to cops, on Thursday, June 1 at around 4:38 a.m. one of the suspects entered Rite Aid, 8222 18th Avenue, and stole around $1,343 worth of cigarettes from behind the counter.

On Wednesday, June 7 at around 4:08 a.m., one of the perps went into a Walgreens at 9408 Third Avenue and stole around $800 worth of cigarettes.

On Friday, June 9 at around 3:52 a.m., the crooks entered a Rite Aid at 344 Avenue X and stole approximately $133 worth of cigarettes from behind the counter before fleeing the scene.

On Monday, June 12 at around 2:24 a.m., the duo entered the Rite Aid at 120 Court Street, and stole around $4,170 worth of cigarettes from behind the counter.

That same day, at around 2:50 a.m., the two broke into a Rite Aid at 462 Fifth Avenue and stole around $1,462 worth of cigarettes, also from behind the counter.

On Wednesday, June 14 at 2:46 a.m., the suspects broke into a Rite Aid at 1720 King Highway, and stole around $400 worth of cigarettes from behind the counter. The two then fled the location in a black Nissan Altima.

Then, less than an hour later, at around 3:42 a.m., the pair entered a Rite Aid at 6900 Fourth Avenue and stole around $900 worth of cigarettes from behind the counter. One of the store’s employees tried to stop the crooks, one of whom took out a knife and swiped his arm, causing a minor cut, before the pair fled.

On Monday, June 19 at around 2:40 a.m., one of the suspects entered the Rite Aid at 3823 Nostrand Avenue and stole around $280 worth of cigarettes from behind the counter.

On Friday, June 23 at around 4:23 a.m., the individuals went inside a Rite Aid located at 2532 82nd Street and removed approximately $1,581 worth of cigarettes from behind the counter. The individuals fled the location in a black Nissan Altima.

On Wednesday, June 24 at around 9:18 p.m., the two suspects returned to the 18th Avenue Rite Aid and stole around $1,069 worth of cigarettes from behind the counter.

One of the suspects is described as a black man, with a thin build, 5’10” tall and around 145 pounds.

The second is a black man, with a thin build, 5’10” tall, and around 165 pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577.

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