Robbers load up on cigarettes at Mesa Circle K

Posted: Updated:

MESA, Ariz. -- Police are searching for three men who stole cigarettes from a convenience store in east Mesa early Monday morning.

The suspects verbally confronted a store clerk near the soda fountain at a Circle K at Signal Butte Road and Southern Avenue around 2:30 a.m.

Police said the trio went behind the counter and filled three large garbage bags with cartons of cigarettes then ran off.

The clerk did not have any suspect vehicle information.

Mesa police Detective Steve Berry said a handgun was seen tucked into the waistband of one of the suspects.

The suspects are described as three black men approximately 6 feet tall. All were wearing black hooded sweatshirts and jeans. Each wore a different colored bandanna around his mouth.