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Robbery suspect really needed a smoke

Police say two south end robberies centred around cigarettes happened minutes apart on Monday

Guelph police are investigating after two south end businesses were robbed minutes apart Monday morning.

Approximately 7:30 a.m., a male entered a Clair Road East business and engaged the employee in conversation about the price of cigarettes.

The male left the business but came back 30 minutes later and walked behind the counter in an attempt to steal cigarettes. When the clerk intervened, the male pushed him several times before leaving empty-handed.

The male went to another nearby business and offered $20 for two packages of cigarettes. When the clerk declined, the male went behind the counter, pushed her and stole five packs before fleeing the business. Neither of the victims was physically injured.

The suspect was described as a white male, late 20s, wearing a black jacket over a red hoodie and dark pants.