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Police break up suspected lottery ticket theft ring

Washington LotteryWashington Lottery: Police break up suspected lottery ticket theft ring

In Washington state, police have arrested three people on suspicion of stealing lottery scratch tickets from stores all over King and Snohomish counties, then cashing them in at other stores.

The arrests follow a week-long investigation into the suspected serial lottery ticket thefts by Kirkland police, Bothell police and King County sheriff's detectives.

The investigation began Feb. 7 after Kirkland police responded to a theft of lottery scratch tickets from a Kirkland gas station in the 3800 block of Lake Washington Boulevard NE, police said.

Officers found that multiple $20 lottery tickets were stolen from the business and the winning tickets were later cashed at another business in the 12100 block of 120th Avenue NE. in Kirkland.

Surveillance footage was collected from the gas station and the business where the tickets were cashed.

Further investigation determined that similar events had occurred in Sammamish, Bothell, Kirkland and at several locations in Snohomish County.

The suspects would distract the cashiers at the stores and one of the suspects would go behind the counter and steal lottery scratch tickets, Kirkland police said.

Surveillance footage was collected from several locations in different cities. After reviewing the surveillance footage and follow-up investigation by the law enforcement agencies, the suspects were identified as two 22-year-old men and a 22-year-old woman from Redmond.

On Wednesday, during surveillance of the suspects' residence, Redmond police officer saw the three suspects driving in the area.

A traffic stop was made, and a large number of $20 lottery scratch tickets were found inside the suspects' vehicle. The tickets were found to have been stolen from a store in Mukilteo that evening.

The suspects were arrested on suspicion of theft and gambling fraud.

The names of the suspects have not been released.

An investigation is continuing into similar thefts throughout King and Snohomish Counties.

KOMO

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ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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Posted: February 14, 2008, 8:01 pm - IP Logged

I have no idea why people are willing to go to jail over some scratch-off tickets. No Nod They also have no idea if they are big winners or not.

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    Posted: February 14, 2008, 8:53 pm - IP Logged

    I have no idea why people are willing to go to jail over some scratch-off tickets. No Nod They also have no idea if they are big winners or not.

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      Tenaj's avatar - michellea
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      Posted: February 15, 2008, 2:58 pm - IP Logged

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        Posted: February 15, 2008, 3:49 pm - IP Logged

        I have no idea why people are willing to go to jail over some scratch-off tickets. No Nod They also have no idea if they are big winners or not.

        They're not willing to go to jail for some tickets. Criminals generally don't expect to get caught.  10 years in prison isn't a deterrent if you don't think you'll get caught, so plenty of people are willing to take the chance when they think they'll get a lot of money with little risk.

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          Posted: February 15, 2008, 5:52 pm - IP Logged

          I saw a blurb about this on the local news this afternoon. It was reported that all three are heavy heroin users. Addiction can make you do stupid things that you wouldn't normally do.

            starchild_45's avatar - spherewall2
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            Posted: February 16, 2008, 9:52 am - IP Logged

            my lovely state made the news but in a bad way and not me winning the lotto.

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              Posted: February 18, 2008, 12:16 pm - IP Logged

                Handcuffed 





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