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Four arrested in series of thefts at Italian tobacco shop

Same shop later targeted for armed robbery

Four arrested in series of thefts at Italian tobacco shop

Bologna, January 21 - Four people were arrested Monday in connection with a string of 14 thefts and one armed robbery at a tobacco shop in Funo di Argelato near Bologna. The thefts, which occurred between September and November of 2012, included about 60,000 euros' worth of lottery scratch cards as well as telephone recharging cards, and involved three people. The fourth accused was involved in an armed robbery at the shop last week when the store manager was threatened with a knife and forced to hand over about 11,000 euros. Police were helped in solving the thefts by the owner, who watched video surveillance tapes and realized that lottery tickets were being stolen while the store clerk was distracted. It is believed the thieves took advantage of the fact that they were known to the store staff as customers and therefore drew less attention. (photo: archive picture of Italian tobacco shop)

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