ATF's cigarette sting ripped off

CREATED Apr. 25, 2013

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- There's more evidence that agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducting a Milwaukee sting, left behind valuable merchandise that was later stolen.

More than a year before agents conducted a flawed gun-buying sting in Milwaukee they used a south side warehouse to target cigarette sellers trying to cheat the government out of taxes.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/XXXDhc ) reports that when agents ended the sting last spring, they left behind cases of cigarettes with a retail value of about $82,000.

A police report says that by the time the agents got around to picking up the merchandise, two cases with a value of about $10,000, were gone.

The theft is similar to the Riverwest gun-buying sting last fall, in which thieves made off with about $40,000 in merchandise.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com