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Two Arrested in Theft of Cigarettes

A Fullerton man and woman were in custody Friday for allegedly taking $4,000 worth of cigarettes from a loading dock of a Ralphs supermarket, police said.

The couple apparently didn’t notice that Ralphs’ security and Fullerton police officers were watching nearby when they approached the loading dock about 11:20 p.m. Thursday, Fullerton police spokeswoman Mona Dean said.

Police arrested Joy Vidaurri, 29, and Mike Whitcher, 31, on suspicion of burglary.

Security guards apparently had seen the couple in the store at 1121 N. Harbor Blvd. several times before and alerted police that a burglary was about to occur when they noticed the couple in the loading dock area, Dean said.

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