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TPD arrests suspect connected to convenience store burglaries

Posted at 10:04 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 10:09:12-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A man was arrested after police say he burglarized two Tallahassee convenience stores and stole more than 100 packs of cigarettes and lighters.

According to the Tallahassee Police Department, officers responded to an alarm at the Sunoco Gas Station at 1417 South Monroe Street on Saturday around 10:30 p.m.

When they arrived on scene, officers discovered that the front door had been shattered. The investigation revealed that a suspect had broken in and stolen 60 packs of cigarettes and two lighters.

A description of the suspect was obtained from the store’s surveillance cameras.

Approximately four hours later, officers say they responded to another alarm, this time at the Marathon Gas Station at 1011 South Magnolia Drive. Just like the other scene, the front door had been shattered and another 60 packs of cigarettes had been stolen.

Responding officers were able to identify the suspect as 49-year-old Tony Pye, who was walking in the area immediately after the crime.

TPD says he fit the basic build of the person spotted on surveillance cameras and officers attempted to make contact with him.

As the officer exited their vehicle, Pye immediately ran away, dropping a bag which contained 60 packs of Newport cigarettes along with other items. He was then quickly apprehended.

Based on the evidence and the footage from the cameras, Pye was arrested and charged for the two burglaries and additional crimes.