Newport Pleasure Drives Discerning Mission Street Thief

The city's most seizable cigarette…

Using a lawbreaker as a commercial spokesman is an unpopular move these days. The Frito Bandito — and his charming, 1970s-era cultural insensitivity — is long gone. You don't see O.J. Simpson hawking Hertz rental cars anymore. Hell, even the Hamburglar has robbled his last robble.

So it's unlikely that the folks at the Lorillard Tobacco Company will anchor an ad around a Tuesday incident on the 4100 block of Mission Street. After an unknown person forced his or her way through the front door of a business, the resultant police report notes the loss of the “cash register, U.S. currency, and Newport cigarettes.”

Our calls to the officer who filled out the report and to the department's burglary detail haven't yet been returned. But unless this is oddly worded, it appears this thief knew what he wanted and bypassed all the other cigarettes in favor of that menthol-chilled and remarkably refreshing taste only Newports can deliver.

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