PITMAN — A thief wearing a mask used a hammer to break into the Pitman Convenience Store at 2:18 a.m. Sunday.

The burglar alarm was activated by the break-in at the store at South Broadway and West Jersey Avenue, police said.

Officers dispatched to the store found the glass portion of the front door had  been smashed. After checking the store’s security cameras, it was revealed the thief who used the hammer to break the glass was wearing dark-colored jeans, a baggy, gray hooded sweatshirt, black boots, black gloves and a black-and-white wrestling mask.

Once inside, the thief jumped a counter and took several packs of Newport cigarettes. The thief turned to the cash register and hit it with the hammer, but was unable to open it, police said. The person then fled join foot, in the direction of West Jersey Avenue.

Police, aided by a Washington Township K-9 unit, searched that area but found no one.

Anyone with information that can assist with this investigation is asked to call Detective Sgt. Hunter Moore of the Pitman Police Department at 856-589-3501.