Man Wanted for Stealing Lottery Tickets

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

WAYNESBORO, Va. -- Waynesboro Police Department is looking for a man who stole hundreds of tickets from a Royal Mart.

The manager of the store says the thief got away with close to $300 worth of scratch off tickets.

"I think it was really stupid, I mean everybody. The lottery has been going on for how many years and everybody knows that they're traced, that they have numbers," said Cathy Cooper, the manager of Royal Mart #3.

Surveillance footage shows the man police are looking for, grabbing the box and running out the store.

"This was the actual box he stole, now you see it's wobbly," said Cooper.

They are all traceable by the Virginia Lottery. Cashiers will not tell the thief that they are aware the winning ticket is stolen, if brought into a store.

"If you get a lottery ticket and it appears to be a winner and you try to pass it in for cash and you're denied, you can imagine that there might be a little bit of a confrontation there," said Sgt. Brian Edwards with the Waynesboro Police Department.

Sgt. Edwards said this is not the first crime of its kind.

"Cash is rarely a target in these kinds of break-ins, it's these other little kind of vices," said Sgt. Edwards.

He says the case is close to being solved.

"We're zeroing in on a suspect and hopefully we'll have an arrest. Hopefully an arrest will be imminent," said Sgt. Edwards.

"Why you're going to steal something that's going to be traced right back to you," said Cooper.

If you have any information about the suspect, call Waynesboro Police Department directly or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-2017.

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