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Man surrenders after family gripes about seeing him on TV

Posted July 1, 2009 8:19 a.m. EDT

— 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.