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Cigarette entrepreneur arrested in Union Parish

UNION Parish - A Downsville man told Union Parish sheriff’s deputies that stealing cartons of cigarettes from a convenience store was so easy that he had stolen $48,000 worth that he then sold on the streets.

Sheriff Dusty Gates said Joe Lewis Davis, 53, of 1978 Williams Colony Rd., told deputies he had been stealing the cigarettes from Wilderness Acres Grocery at Downsville for the past year “because it was so easy.”

The owner of the store reported seeing the suspect at 5:23 a.m. Friday (Sept. 15) going behind the cash register counter and taking six cartons of Marlboro Light cigarettes valued at $345.42 and then returning two minutes later with a small white garbage bag and took four cartons of Wave cigarettes valued at $189.28.

Davis was caught on video taking the cigarettes, Gates said.

The sheriff said the owner also called Davis on his cell phone and made a video of the call where the suspect admitted to stealing the cigarettes. The suspect also offered to repay the owner for his losses.

Davis was booked into the Union Parish Detention Center at Farmerville on two felony theft charges. One was for theft of value exceeding $500 and the second theft of value exceeding $1,500. His total bond was set at $2,250.

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