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Suspect steals 12,000 scratch-off lottery tickets from a convenience store — but they’re probably worthless by now

A masked suspect broke into a convenience store and stole 12,000 scratch-off lottery tickets, according to the Stafford County Sheriff, along with 170 cartons of cigarettes early Saturday morning. The suspect remains at large.

A Stafford County, Virginia sheriff’s deputy responded to the Fas-Mart located at 634 Garrisonville Road, after an alarm was triggered on the premises at 4:35 a.m., according to a press release from the department.

When the deputy arrived on the scene, she noticed a window had been broken and called for back up.

By the time cops searched the store, the thief had fled, taking 12,000 lottery tickets and 170 cartons of cigarettes, mostly Newport brand.

However, surveillance video did capture the masked suspect in the midst of the theft.

The lottery tickets are valued at between $10 to $30 each so amount to a loss between $120,000 to $360,000. However, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, lottery officials have the ability to cancel stolen tickets, so they likely won’t be worth anything.

Anyone with information on the thief is being asked to call the sheriff’s office at 540-658-4400.

Lottery officials have the technology to cancel stolen lottery tickets so that they can't be cashed in.

Police: Man steals scratch-off tickets from store, tries to cash winning ticket at the same place

CLEARWATER, Fla. – You might say he ran out of luck.

Clearwater police say Herbert McClellan, 27, walked into a Speedway gas station around 2 a.m. Tuesday. While in the store, investigators say McClellan reached over the counter to steal 13 different scratch-off lottery tickets while the clerk was distracted.

He then left the store without paying for the tickets, worth $102, police said.

He didn’t waste any time in checking to see if any were winners.

When one ticket offered a $30 prize, officers say he went back into the same store a few hours later to cash it in.

Employees called police, who arrested McClellan for petit theft and dealing in stolen property. He’s being held on $12,000 bond.

A Clearwater man is accused of stealing scratch-off lottery tickets from a gas station, then trying to cash in a winning ticket at the same store hours later. ]]>