OGDEN -- Police arrested a would-be nicotine wretch, recovering some $4,500 worth of cigarettes Monday morning from a burglary .
Responding to a 6:30 a.m. alarm going off at the West Side Market, 873 W. 24th St., police encountered a garbage truck driver making his rounds who said he had just seen two men walking from the store, each carrying plastic trash bags stuffed full.
"Patrol found one of the guys, and they had to wrestle with him. He didn't want to go with the officers," said Lt. Chad Ledford. Arrested was Clovio Jaramillo, 39. The other suspect is still being sought.
The arrested man had two trash bags full of cigarettes, which appears to be the sole target of the thieves, Ledford said, and just one brand.
"Marlboro seems to be their cigarette of choice, since it was all Marlboros, 73 cartons of Marlboros," Ledford said. That included many different categories, from 100s to menthols, to special issue black label Marlboros, he said.
The 6:30 a.m. burglar alarm at the store was the third time the alarm had gone off that morning.
The first two times the responding officers found nothing amiss.
"We think they were testing the response time of the officers," Ledford said. "That happens sometimes."
The West Side Market is also one of several stores where people associated with the store were arrested in mid-December as part of federal indictments in an elaborate, multistate, food stamp scam that netted about $8.6 million in USDA benefits, according to federal regulators.
The store was named as an actual defendant in the indictments, along with the 9th Street Corner Market, 1390 9th St., in Ogden.