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Man breaks into store for pack of cigarettes and holds up money to security camera to prove payment for it

By Mason White 1:15 PM March 4, 2016
Ellis C. Battista 

By: Feng Qian
A man broke into a store to get a pack of cigarettes, but he did not steal it.

Instead, he left the money on the counter.

New Mexico police arrested the man who was accused of entering the convenience store and leaving behind $6 for the pack of cigarettes.

24-year-old Ellis C. Battista of Las Cruces, was charged with a felony breaking and entering.

Battista went to the 24-hour convenience store about 3:30 a.m. To his disappointed, the store employee was not there and the door was locked.

Battista broke the door and took his favorite pack of cigarettes. He then took out $6 to pay for the item. Battista raised the money to the surveillance camera to prove that he paid, and left the store.

Police said that the surveillance camera also showed Battista knocking on the front door several times in an apparent attempt to get someone to open it.

When nobody responded, he kicked the door in and broke it. A witness called 911. Damage to the door is estimated at $800.

Battista was arrested and was transported to jail.