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Man surrenders after family gripes about seeing him on TV

Posted July 1, 2009

— Kenneth Andre Kirk, known as the "Cigarette Bandit," turned himself in to Cumberland County sheriff's detectives Wednesday night after his family complained that they were tired of seeing his face on local TV stations, authorities said.

Kirk, 37, of 4013 Airline Drive in Fayetteville, is a suspect in the May 19 theft of 26 cartons of cigarettes from the Lake Lynn Short Stop at 3563 Gillespie St.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said Kirk took more then $1,500 worth of tobacco products from the store manager's office while she assisted other customers.

The store and the sheriff's office released an image from the store's surveillance video and asked for the public's help in identifying the man in the picture.

Kirk's mother called the sheriff's office to identify her son as the man seen stuffing cartons of cigarettes down his pants.

Deputies charged him with felonious larceny and placed him in the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $2,000 bond.


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  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jul 1, 2009

    I tried to post earlier. But I guess you're not allowed to use a certain word..... the opposite of "winner".

  • CarolinianByChoice Jul 1, 2009

    Okay, all you “it’s a result of bad parenting” proponents: Just WHO gets the credit when a person comes from a "bad parenting" background but turns out to be upstanding, moral & responsible? Couldn’t POSSIBLY be the parents! Do any of you people even HAVE kids? If you do, then you are quite aware that after they leave home, they can go down a path you did not teach them to travel! And if you are not aware of it, either your kids aren’t old enough to leave home or you are living in a state of denial. I’ve seen kids who come from “good” homes turn out to be like a devil incarnate, and I have seen kids who come from “bad” homes turn out to be wonderful people. That Mama turned him in should be some testimony to her character – you go girl! This message brought to you by an independent thinker who is laughing at the Dem vs Rep comments!!

  • dogluvr26 Jul 1, 2009

    I, too, get annoyed when photos of my family members repeatedly appear on TV, when wanted in connection of a crime. It's just a major inconvenience when there could be so many other things I could be watching instead... (sarcasm, of course)

    What I don't get, beyond why someone would state this as the reason for turning someone in (why not turn them in for the fact you know it's them committing the crime?!), is how this came to be a known fact--or why this is the title of the article, when it's not remotely the focus of the writing. There's just one brief mention from the detective that the family members were griping about it. Did they say something specific or is it just an assumption? I may be being picky, but it's an odd enough reason to turn someone in that I would think there'd be more journalistic focus on that aspect, particularly when the title highlights it...

  • Hatchcover Jul 1, 2009

    Pretty bad when your own mama throws you under the bus!

  • whatelseisnew Jul 1, 2009

    Maybe if they cut the taxes on cigs, he could afford to buy them.

  • working for deadbeats Jul 1, 2009

    I call it like I see it. Sorry that hurts your bleeding heart.

  • working for deadbeats Jul 1, 2009

    seeminglyopposed...thank you for condoning crime and actions by criminals. It keeps my job secure.

  • Canon36 Jul 1, 2009

    His family should of reported him when they first knew he was stealing and robbing.

  • Jul 1, 2009

    How in the world do you get 26 cigarette cartons down your pants or did he make several trips?

  • Willow GiggleSnorts Jul 1, 2009

    lol. good family for telling authorities who it was