Violent Crime

* Cigarette Theft Turns Into a Robbery When Thief Punches Store Clerk in The Face in South San Francisco

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South San Francisco police today are looking for a man who allegedly punched a gas station clerk several times after attempting to steal more than a dozen packs of cigarettes Friday morning. The clerk saw the suspect leave the gas station in the 200 block of South Spruce Avenue around 9 a.m. with about 15 packs of cigarettes which the suspect had not paid for, police said. When the clerk tried to stop the suspect, the suspect dropped the cigarettes and punched the clerk numerous times in the face, according to police. The suspect then got into a brown, late-model Toyota Camry and drove away in an unknown direction. The clerk suffered a fractured nose and lacerations, police said. Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 if you know the name of this suspect or have any other information that can help solve this crime.

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