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South Carolina officials probe lottery theft

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The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is conducting an investigation after numerous people attempted to cash in stolen lottery tickets in North Augusta.

At least five cases have been reported since Aug. 2.

In most cases, the people who attempted to cash the tickets claimed to have found them in areas around Augusta. Reports stated the unscratched tickets were discovered at businesses on Washington Road, at the Knight’s Inn in Augusta and on Broad Street. One woman, a maid at Knight’s Inn, told police she found the ticket in a room and believed it had been left as a tip.

The North Augusta Department of Public Safety made contact with most of the people trying to cash tickets. But in one case on Aug. 2, a man, who was accompanied by a woman, ran from the store clerk when the clerk learned the tickets were stolen and told him a manager would have to give her permission to cash them.

The clerk told police the man had arrived with a handful of tickets but only handed her one.

Police made four arrests before handing the case over to SLED. Not all of the ticket holders were charged. Lt. Tim Thornton said some of those charged attempted to cash the tickets at more than one store after being told they were stolen.

Police charged Jeremy Nathaniel Reeves, 25, and Lexis Fay Russell, 22, both of Grovetown, with possession of stolen property. The couple told authorities they discovered the tickets outside 2nd & Charles on Washington Road and had 18 more in their possession.

Police also charged Robert Brian Davis, 45, and Wanda Anita Mims, 32, both of Augusta, with lottery fraud.

According to an incident report, the tickets appear to have been stolen from a store in Clarks Hill. McCormick County authorities told North Augusta officers that surveillance cameras showed a woman taking the tickets from the store.

Lt. Tim Thornton said when cases continued to be reported, police contacted SLED, which advised investigators the problem was more widespread than just North Augusta. SLED took over the investigation.

A SLED spokesman did not immediately return calls seeking further information.

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nocnoc 08/08/14 - 01:12 pm
Seems to be bigger issue at play

Either the theft manged to steal a LUCKY ROLL
or seems to have some way of knowing how to leave UN Scratched off Winners?

ELLIOTTMESS55 08/08/14 - 02:57 pm
makes no difference.once

makes no difference.once those tickets are reported stolen hopefully asap the issuers have codes to block them from being redeemed,like the banks do.

corgimom 08/08/14 - 05:48 pm
Noc noc, as soon as the theft

Noc noc, as soon as the theft is reported, the entire remaining roll is invalidated from that point forward.

The thieves take the tickets, just scratch off a few until they find a halfway decent one (time is of the essence), and then go cash it, quick.

They aren't looking to cash all the winners, they know that won't happen.

Then they go buy their drugs, they do just enough to get that.

(I used to be the accountant for a package shop, I hated those things)

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