One arrested, one on the run for stealing cigarettes during smash and grab

Christopher Hill (Source: Boone County Sheriff's Office)
Christopher Hill (Source: Boone County Sheriff's Office)

FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - An Ohio man was arrested Monday for his involvement in a smash and grab at a Florence United Dairy Farmers in which 79 cartons of cigarettes valued at over $4,000, were stolen. Police are still looking for a second suspect who wore a blond wig and pink hat.

It happened around 2:45 a.m. at the UDF on the corner of Mt. Zion Road and Dixie Highway.

Police say Deputy Jerrod Strucke observed a Ford Ranger being operated in an erratic fashion on Mount Zion Road at 2:45 a.m.  By the time Strucke could turn around the driver ducked into the parking lot of Sports of all Sorts, left the truck running, and ran.

As Strucke approached the truck he saw a garbage can in the bed with a large amount of cigarettes in it.  In the cab he discovered a pink hat and a blond wig.

Moments after Strucke's stop deputies were dispatched to an alarm drop at the UDF, where they found the front glass door shattered and a large void where cigarettes are normally stocked.  The store manager provided surveillance video of a man wearing a blond wig with a pink hat loading a garbage can with cigarettes.

At approximately 5:00 a.m. Florence Police Officer Brian Murphy located a suspicious man at the Thornton's Station on Industrial Road in Florence, Kentucky.  Identified as Christopher Hill, 39 of Centerville, Ohio, he was brought in for questioning where he admitted to his involvement in the burglary.

Investigators are working to identify a second man involved since Hill's clothing doesn't match that of the man in the video.  Hill is charged with Burglary and is held in the Boone County Detention Center.