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Douglas County couple in court in cigarette burglary cases

A Hawthorne couple accused of stealing cigarettes from two Douglas County establishments in a series of smash-and-grab burglaries made initial appearances in Douglas County Circuit Court this week.

Shaun Michael Pfuhl, 26, faces four counts of felony burglary and one count felony possession of burglary tools. Amanda Lee Pfuhl, 31, faces four counts of felony burglary as a party to the crime. The two appeared in court without an attorney to represent them.

According to the criminal complaint:

Shaun and Amanda Pfuhl admitted to Douglas County Investigator Brad Hoyt that they broke into the Roadhouse BP on May 24 and June 8. Both times, the glass front doors were smashed and an unknown number of cigarette cartons were taken. The two also admitted they broke into the Village Market on Aug. 14 and 29 to steal cartons of cigarettes. Shaun said they sold the cigarettes on the street. Amanda told Hoyt they were not working at the time and had no money.

The two said Amanda drove the getaway car and Shaun would break into the stores. Amanda participated in one burglary at the Village Market, the two said, and she cut her hand on some glass. The Pfuhls said another man helped them with the first burglary, but not the other three.

Video surveillance tapes from the Village Market and a tip from someone who saw the Pfuhls selling cigarettes helped deputies connect the two to the crimes, according to the complaint.

Shaun and Amanda Pfuhl were each released on a $5,000 signature bond under the condition they have no contact with the Roadhouse BP or Village Market. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 21.