A man allegedly broke the windows of two stores to steal vape and cigarettes

By Julia Ornedo

A 39-year-old man has been arrested by Lacey Police after he allegedly smashed the windows of two different stores to steal cigarettes and vaping products.

Lacey Police arrested Christopher J Kenney, of Westport, on March 1.

According to a police report, officers were dispatched to a Driftwood Vapor vape shop along Martin Way after a duress alarm.

Police arrived on the scene and saw broken glass in front of the store. They also found a large chunk of concrete believed to have been used to smash glass, as well as a damaged display case for vaping products.

A store worker provided police with surveillance footage showing a suspect – wearing a reflective neon jacket and dark pants with wide horizontal stripes – smashing a window with a piece of concrete and then grabbing several items.

Police then located the suspect, identified as Kenney, who said he had come to Lacey looking for a “rare black and white bird”. The suspect also said he was on his way back to Seattle.

Kenney showed several cigarettes and vaping products inside his bag to an officer, who took a photo of the merchandise. The Driftwood Vapor employee said the vaping products belonged to the store.

The officer informed Kenney he was under arrest for burglary, prompting the suspect to become “increasingly agitated”, telling police, “I don’t agree with anything. I want a lawyer” and “I’m not talking to you. I want my lawyer.

According to another police report, a Shell gas station worker said she arrived at work and found a broken window on the northeast side of the store. She also noticed that several packets of cigarettes and candy, totaling $116, were missing.

An officer said surveillance video showed the suspect walking towards the window, smashing it and grabbing several items before running away.

The gas station employee also confirmed that the items in Kenney’s possession were the same as those removed from the store.

Kenney was sentenced to Thurston County Jail for second-degree burglary.

Previously, the Lacey Police Department said in a February 24 news release that six burglaries involving broken windows had been reported since February 15.

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