A good morning to you, dear psychonauts!
Check out this interesting story from North Carolina.
From CharlotteObserver.com: Thieves take $10,000 in cigarettes from 2 stores
Police in Charlotte and Mint Hill North Carolina are currently working to determine if a string of recent burglaries are connected. Just my amateur opinion on this, but I'm going to go ahead and hazard that these break-ins were likely pulled by the same guys. The thieves broke into two separate convenience stores in the middle of the night, and made off with over 10 grand in various tobacco products, as well as an extra 2,000 in cash.
Which begs the question, with prices on a steady rise for cigarettes across the country, how many more burglaries like this can we expect to see in the future?
The two stores that were robbed, which were about 10 miles apart from one another as the crow flies, both had their windows smashed in with rocks before men went in with garbage cans and made off with cartons of cigarettes and cigars by the arm load. Funny enough, the article makes the point of postulating that the thieves might be trying to sell the cigarettes in the state of New York, where a carton of smokes costs more than double what it does in North Carolina. Of course, if that's what the thieves were really up to, why not just steal them in New York and save money on transportation costs? Doesn't matter whether they were $45 or $100 per carton wherever you stole them from, you're still making the same profit margin selling it on the street.
Either way, now that we have it in print that convenience stores carry up to $10,000 in stock of cigarettes, the race is on. The only question is, should I drive to North Carolina where I already know people are getting away with it? Or do I trail-blaze my own path here in New York? I think I need to start my own crime syndicate, Al Capone style. The streets will run red with blood when the "Cancer Wars" break open.
And with that, I need a fucking cigarette...
Enjoy the Ride.