A Janesville man who allegedly stole cartons of cigarettes from a gas station Tuesday morning tried to sell the cartons on social media, but by doing so led police to his arrest.

Mason Galvan, 21, was tentatively charged with burglary, theft, attempted burglary and criminal damage to property, for the break-in at the gas station and an attempted break-in at a drug store several hours later, Janesville police said.

At about 3:40 a.m., officers went to Woodman's gas station, 2915 N. Lexington Drive, after a burglar alarm came in to police.

Forced entry was found and cigarettes had been stolen, with the suspect leaving the store before police arrived.

At about 6 a.m., a Woodman's employee noticed a "Mason Galvan" posted an offer on the Janesville Swapmeet Facebook page, selling cartons of cigarettes matching those that were taken in the burglary.

At about 6:45 a.m., someone tried to break into Walgreens, 2519 Kettering St., using a propane tank and a pipe to try to break windows.

An employee inside the unopened store called police, but the suspect was gone.

Galvan's address, however, was close to the drug store, officers went to his residence and found him outside.

Video surveillance at Woodman's confirmed Galvan was the suspect and cigarettes matching those stolen were found in his home.


Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.