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Employee charged with stealing lottery tickets

North Carolina LotteryNorth Carolina Lottery: Employee charged with stealing lottery tickets

An employee of a Bath convenience store allegedly made off with 59 North Carolina Lottery tickets Saturday and cashed in the winnings a day later.

Several of the winning stolen tickets were converted to cash and a money order at a convenience store in Washington Sunday. The winnings from the stolen tickets totaled $102.

Jamie DeJong Carpenter, 24, of 23 Deerfield Lane, Chocowinity, was charged with one count of larceny by employee and two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses Wednesday after turning herself in to authorities.

Carpenter faces separate counts of the latter charge for the cash and the money order that were procured as a result of the theft, said Lt. J. Gentry Pinner with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

According to a sheriff's office press release, the warrant was obtained as a result of evidence and information collected. Carpenter had knowledge of the warrant for her arrest, Pinner said Thursday.

The stolen lottery ticket numbers were reported to the lottery commission in further efforts to determine who was responsible for the theft, the release notes.

Pinner said this was the first lottery-related crime in Beaufort County investigated by the sheriff's office.

The theft occurred at the White Post Store off N.C. Highway 92 in Bath. The store owner had a system of tracking ticket sales that was helpful in determining which tickets were stolen, Pinner related.

This tracking method also enabled the owner to determine the tickets had been taken after the store closed Saturday, Pinner said. There were no signs of forced entry when the owner reported the incident to the sheriff's office Sunday, he added.

Carpenter was released Wednesday on a $2,000 secured bond.

Jeremy Mittag, an investigator with the lottery commission, said he could not comment on the specifics of Carpenter's case.

"There have been several cases like this," Mittag said.

The state has operated its education lottery since March 30 and already the commission has investigated dozens of cases of suspects stealing tickets, breaking and entering, committing larceny, as well as various degrees of fraud committed by retailers and players alike who are falsely reporting winnings and altering lottery tickets, Mittag said.

Washington Daily News

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Posted: June 2, 2006, 10:42 am - IP Logged

The winnings from the stolen tickets totaled $102.

 

IDIOT !!!

Remember :    "You can't fix stupid"

DD

 

                               

              

 

 

    Tenaj's avatar - michellea
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    Posted: June 2, 2006, 11:19 am - IP Logged

    The state has operated its education lottery since March 30 and already the commission has investigated dozens of cases of suspects stealing tickets, breaking and entering, committing larceny, as well as various degrees of fraud committed by retailers and players alike who are falsely reporting winnings and altering lottery tickets, Mittag said.

      tst. tst. tst.

    They should make the punishment stiffer.  ?$2,000 bond.  Come on. 

    Retailers should get it worst.  We need to be able to trust the retailers.

    takeemtothebank

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      Posted: June 2, 2006, 12:38 pm - IP Logged

      this is always the norm when a state starts up a new lottery.  It happend in tennessee, oklahoma and now NC. I guess the ppl stealin the tickets just don't realize that they are tracked and can also be canceled.......dizzyCrazy

      Oogle  waiting patiently for my jackpot

        bellyache's avatar - 64x64a9wg

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        Posted: June 2, 2006, 1:29 pm - IP Logged

        These people steal these tickets which can be tracked and are usually not big winners in the first time and they get jail time and a big fine. Dumb I say.

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          Posted: June 2, 2006, 1:40 pm - IP Logged

          These people steal these tickets which can be tracked and are usually not big winners in the first time and they get jail time and a big fine. Dumb I say.

          You're quite right, bellyache. And the two reported here today were rather young. Besides jail time and/or fines this will likely haunt them jobwise for the rest of their lives. I'm guessing they might have thought because it was so small an amount of money it would go unnoticed.

           

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            Posted: June 2, 2006, 2:36 pm - IP Logged

            i bet if they knew these were able to be tracked they wouldn't have done it.that guard was stupid in idaho.he should've known the drill....

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              Posted: June 2, 2006, 2:41 pm - IP Logged

              Stupid is as stupid does...

               

                                             

                            

               

               

                stephi's avatar - winifrid
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                Posted: June 2, 2006, 5:21 pm - IP Logged

                The winnings from the stolen tickets totaled $102.

                 

                IDIOT !!!

                Remember :    "You can't fix stupid"

                DD

                I agree 100%!

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                  Posted: June 4, 2006, 5:17 am - IP Logged

                   odds of getting caught  1 to 1?

                  odds of my winning powerball jackpot    1 in 146,107,962

                  But I got my ticket for the next draw.  I know I will win.

                  Call me a dreamer??  Actually I just want to help education.  lol 

                   

                   

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                    Posted: June 4, 2006, 12:44 pm - IP Logged

                    What an idiot.  Thats all I have to say. LOL

                     

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                      Posted: June 4, 2006, 1:12 pm - IP Logged

                       The store owner had a system of tracking ticket sales that was helpful in determining which tickets were stolen, Pinner related.

                      I know everyone here is saying she is stupid, and I agree 100%. However, the word that first came to mind was "desperate" since someone went through all of this for $100 bucks.

                      The reason I quoted the above line from the article, is that I thought all terminals could track this, and really have to simply by design. Every FL ticket I get has all sorts of codes to identify the time & place of purchase. Then you hand your money to the clerk/cashier and he rings it up so that payment is registered.  Even when a ticket is incorrect or duplicated, the clerk has to cancel it or the cash register will be off.  Right? AFAIK, a store needs to account for every single lottery ticket that is printed. Printing tickets after store hours would be the first sign that a customer didn't buy them.