HOUSTON—Just one day after CVS Caremark announced nationally their plans to discontinue the sale of tobacco products, thieves broke into a northwest Harris County location early Thursday to try and steal cigarettes, according to Precinct 4.
Two crooks smashed in a glass window at a CVS store on Gessner at Philippine around 4:15 a.m. and were loading cigarettes in a bag when a Precinct 4 deputy constable rolled up on the scene.
The suspects then dropped the cigarettes and fled on foot to a nearby neighborhood. Deputies set up a perimeter and searched the area, but could not find them. The store manager arrived to the scene and recovered all of the cigarettes.
The suspects did not get away with anything this time.
CVS plans to phase out tobacco products by October 1 in its 7,600 stores as it shifts toward providing a broader range of health care services. The company, like other drug store chains, has been adding in-store clinics and expanding its health care offerings. It’s also expanding the focus of some clinics to include helping people manage chronic illnesses like high blood pressure and diabetes.