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October 26, 2012

More charges filed against 'Cigarette Bandit'

NEW CASTLE — New Castle police have filed more charges against the man they are calling the “cigarette bandit.”

The charges follow more alleged cigarette and cigar thefts reported by a convenience store this week.

Norman Virgil Wilkerson, 49, who has addresses in Youngstown and at 5 E. Wallace Ave., is accused in the incidents.

Police allege he entered the A Plus Sunoco at 719 E. Washington St. around 9:30 p.m. Monday and stole six boxes of Cigarillo cigars, a box containing 10 two-packs of White Grape Cigarillos, a beef stick and about 32 Phillies Krome cigarettes.

Police identified Wilkerson by viewing store security video footage.

Wilkerson was charged Wednesday with theft and receiving stolen property in connection with that theft.

Police had filed charges against him earlier in the week for three similar offenses that had occurred in June and August.

He is still at large, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

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