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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.

A Florida man tried to cash in a $30 lottery ticket from the same convenience store he stole it from, police said

Florida police arrested a man this week for attempting to cash in a winning scratch-off ticket at the same convenience store he stole it from,authorities alleged.

The Clearwater Police Department said in an August 20 statement that the man was identified as 27-year-old Herbert McClellan.

According to police, McClellan “stole 13 scratch-off tickets from the Speedway convenience store at 32 Bay Esplanade. When he found out that one was a winner, he went back to the same store to cash it in.”

The store workers immediately called police and McClellan was arrested, police said. The lottery ticket was only worth $30.

McClellan was charged with petit theft and dealing in stolen property, according to the statement.

“It’s safe to say it was not his lucky day,” police said.

The man charged with petit theft and dealing in stolen property, according to local police. "It's safe to say it was not his lucky day," police said. ]]>