Image released connected to lottery ticket thefts

Mar. 26, 2013 @ 05:35 PM

The Vance County Sheriff’s Office has released a still photograph from surveillance video hoping it might lead to information on a series of thefts at convenience stores that resulted in a number of lottery tickets being stolen, according to Sheriff Peter White.

Video surveillance taken last Saturday showed a black man, possibly 30-40 years of age, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and a red cap who sheriff’s office investigators said was trying to cash in stolen lottery tickets.

Lt. Joseph Ferguson confirmed the man in the surveillance video was trying to cash a stolen lottery ticket at 7:40 p.m. March 23 at Kiger’s Grocery on Raleigh Road. The ticket is believed to have been stolen in a recent business break-in.

The sheriff’s office will take tips from anyone with information at (252) 738-2200, or tips can be given to Crime Stoppers at (252) 492-1925. Information can also be given online at hvcrimestoppers.com.

Lottery ticket thefts were reported at the Rose Mart, 2101 N. Garnett St., on Saturday; at 39 BP convenience store, 2868 N.C. 39 South, on Thursday; and on March 4 at Food Lion, 1241 Dabney Drive, all locations in the Henderson area.

Ferguson said his investigation includes culling through other video surveillance footage and following up on leads that may result in solving the case.

“An individual or group is throwing a rock or brick and then grabbing beer, cigarettes and lottery tickets,” White told The Dispatch on Monday. “It is basically a smash-and-grab.”

 

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.