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Man Breaks Into New Mexico Store — To Pay for Cigarettes

Man Breaks Into New Mexico Store — To Pay for Cigarettes

The man, identified as Ellis C. Battista, 24, of Las Cruces, went to a Bradley convenience store about 3:30 a.m. Sunday to buy cigarettes, but the store was closed, Las Cruces police said Tuesday.

 
After pounding on the door several times to no avail, Battista kicked in the door’s lower panel, chose a pack of Camels and left $6 on the counter — carefully making sure the security camera could see he was paying for the smokes — police said.
Battista is “believed to be intoxicated at the time,” police said. Damage to the door was estimated at $800, they said. A friend who was with him stayed outside and wasn’t charged.
Battista was free on $4,000 bond awaiting an initial court appearance March 8 on a single count of fourth-degree breaking and entering, according to Doña Ana County court records.