Alleged cigarette thief who wore shirt on head arrested

Published 5:16 pm Friday, May 5, 2017

A Winnie man that police believe stole cartons of cigarettes from a convenience store last month while wearing a T-shirt over his head was arrested Thursday in Chambers County.

Danny Ray Smith, 51, of Winnie was arrested for the April 9 burglary of Longhorn Drive Inn on Texas 124 in Hamshire. Chambers County deputies identified him when they saw the suspect’s photo on social media, according to a press release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. After his arrest he was sent to the Chambers County Jail and will be extradited back to Jefferson County to face the burglary charges.

JSCO offered thanks to Chambers County Sheriff’s Office and all of the citizens who called in to identify Smith.

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Law enforcement was initially called shortly around 4:20 a.m. April 9 after a man smashed the front door of the business. The suspect was described as a white man in his late 30s wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and brown work boots and wearing a white T-shirt over his head to hide his face.

After breaking into the store, the suspect used a crow bar to gain access to the cigarette storage area. Once inside, he stole numerous cartons of Marlboro brand cigarettes.