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MOORE, Okla. - Police are looking for a while male in his late 30s to early 40s.

They say he is driving a late 90s early 2000s Chevy or GMZ blazer.

Police say the burglar grabs dozens of cigarettes and stuffs them in a trash can while leaving the cash register alone.

It's a crime business owners say they have learned to expect during the holiday season.

“Somebody who does this they monitor. They guard the deliveries and next day they come in.”

A large rock thrown through this convenient store window.

It's the third time in four days a Moore gas station has been burglarized.

The latest incident occurred at the K2 convenient store on the corner of Main and Eastern in Moore.

The scene still in disarray with the window busted out and rock in the middle of the store.

Large amounts of cigarettes and e-cigarettes were stolen from each of the locations.

One of the convenient store owners says it happens to him every year, and surveillance footage shows the bandit jumping the store counter with a large trash can before leaving the scene.

Footage shows similar incidents at all of the stores.

"It`s actually taking quite a bit of merchandise. The same type of places.

They`re all closed. It`s early morning," Jeremy Lewis at the Moore Police Department said.

The owners are estimated anywhere from several hundred to possibly $2,000 worth of goods stolen from each location.

It's a little family run business store. [It's] not enough to claim on the insurance.

It`s going to hurt pretty bad," Brian Snyder, TKS store owner said.

Each of the similar crimes happened within a mile of each other with two of the locations being less than two blocks from the Moore Police Department.

"He`s pretty gutsy, but I think that`s what`s going to get him caught too," Lewis said.

Police say there's a large black market for cigarettes especially now that the e-cigarettes have caught on so much, and with the holidays approaching, some may be looking to find ways to get that extra cash.

If you have any information you are urged to call crime stoppers.

The number is (405) 793-5160 or visit Crime Stoppers of Moore.