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Gas station owner reports thieves stealing boxes of lottery tickets

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – A Memphis gas station owner wants to find the thieves who are grabbing boxes full of lottery tickets and running out of the store!

According to Memphis police reports, it’s happened at least three times in the last two weeks.

The owner tells us two men came into the Hop-In at Summer and Graham back on Jan. 10.

Surveillance video shows them grab towers full of instant game tickets and run out of the store to a Burgundy Nissan.

A minute later, a third man comes inside and grabbed another display case and runs through the parking lot.

Two days later a different man came into the same store and filled up both arms with lottery tickets before running out of the business.

Witnesses said he got away into nearby apartments.

And then Thursday afternoon, two men robbed the Hop-In at Union and Cleveland.

Same M.O. — they yanked the display cases off the counter and ran out of the store.

The owner of the gas stations says state lottery officials are able to track where the winning lottery tickets are cashed in.

But the owner tells us once the tickets are stolen, the only option would be to de-activate the entire spool of tickets — which would be unfair to customers who bought scratch-off pieces earlier in the day.

If you recognize any of these thieves call the police.

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A Memphis gas station owner wants to find the thieves who are grabbing boxes full of lottery tickets and running out of the store!

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. ]]>