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Lottery ticket thief tries to claim prize at same store

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WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Police say a 22-year-old Winter Haven man walked into a Circle K last week and stole $70 worth of Florida Scratch-Off tickets then returned to the same store to cash a winning $50 ticket.

Now, Alen Nguyen is charged with one count of retail theft.

According to the Sheriff's Office, while the clerk was away from the counter, Nguyen stole about $70 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets from the store at 5600 Cypress Gardens Blvd. The clerk called authorities when she noticed a discrepancy between the cash in the drawer and the scratch-off tickets. The surveillance video showed the suspect leaning over the counter and taking the tickets.

Authorities say Nguyen returned to the store March 1 with one of the winning tickets, hoping to claim the $50. The clerk recognized him as the suspect in the surveillance video and asked for his driver license. She wrote down his name and information and called detectives, leading to Nguyen's arrest.

He was released from Polk County Jail on Friday on $250 bail.

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Posted: March 8, 2010, 8:45 am - IP Logged

LOL! Took $70, won $50....that's about right. I guess he was hoping for a million. Bozo.... His mug shot gives me the feeling someone won't be

seeing the last of him. Punk.

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    Posted: March 8, 2010, 10:57 am - IP Logged

    LOL! Took $70, won $50....that's about right. I guess he was hoping for a million. Bozo.... His mug shot gives me the feeling someone won't be

    seeing the last of him. Punk.

    dr you need to go to marcies church babe..When tiggs buys $70 dollars worth or steals $70 worth of tickets and get's back $50 he feels like a winner..Praise the Lord!!

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      Posted: March 8, 2010, 2:59 pm - IP Logged

      I can't believe he returned to the same store to cash in the tickets that he stole earlier...maybe I can believe it. What an idiot. LOL

      "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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        Posted: March 8, 2010, 4:10 pm - IP Logged

        if you stealed a car, would you try to use its warranty?

        tell me if you stealed a person cell phone

        would you call their tech support line for help on it

        if you stealed someone say alienware labtop,

        would you try and have it repaired by the company how made it Just for them?

        tell me, if you robbed  a persons  checkbook

          would you try to cash the checks you stolen off of them when the bank knows about it

         

        then again  this does not beat the story  of a guy who stolen a Living lubster out of the super markets fish tank,

        only to hide it in hes pants and it clap down on hes you known what softpart

        best ending of a crime Ever, justice was served that day,

        if only this theft had the same ending,

         

        this guy deserves to  be on the worlds dumbest criminals they put on tv mocking the stupid  criminals

        , fun to watch, unreal to our brains logic

         

        god i hope they got this on the stores video cams, with voices, this will be perfect to watch on tv

          rdgrnr's avatar - walt
          Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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          Posted: March 9, 2010, 5:40 am - IP Logged

          I got a lug wrench out in the truck that's way smarter than that guy.


                                                       
                               
                                                   

           

           

           

           

                                                                                                             

          "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                      --Edmund Burke

           

           

            rdgrnr's avatar - walt
            Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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            Posted: March 9, 2010, 5:44 am - IP Logged

            if you stealed a car, would you try to use its warranty?

            tell me if you stealed a person cell phone

            would you call their tech support line for help on it

            if you stealed someone say alienware labtop,

            would you try and have it repaired by the company how made it Just for them?

            tell me, if you robbed  a persons  checkbook

              would you try to cash the checks you stolen off of them when the bank knows about it

             

            then again  this does not beat the story  of a guy who stolen a Living lubster out of the super markets fish tank,

            only to hide it in hes pants and it clap down on hes you known what softpart

            best ending of a crime Ever, justice was served that day,

            if only this theft had the same ending,

             

            this guy deserves to  be on the worlds dumbest criminals they put on tv mocking the stupid  criminals

            , fun to watch, unreal to our brains logic

             

            god i hope they got this on the stores video cams, with voices, this will be perfect to watch on tv

            Hey Joshua,

            Could you give advance warning on those lobster stories?

            I think I'm going to have nightmares. I'm still squirming around in my chair here with the heebie jeebies.


                                                         
                                 
                                                     

             

             

             

             

                                                                                                               

            "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                        --Edmund Burke

             

             

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              Posted: March 9, 2010, 3:23 pm - IP Logged

              shortcuts will get you nowhere

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                Posted: March 13, 2010, 3:21 am - IP Logged

                if you stealed a car, would you try to use its warranty?

                tell me if you stealed a person cell phone

                would you call their tech support line for help on it

                if you stealed someone say alienware labtop,

                would you try and have it repaired by the company how made it Just for them?

                tell me, if you robbed  a persons  checkbook

                  would you try to cash the checks you stolen off of them when the bank knows about it

                 

                then again  this does not beat the story  of a guy who stolen a Living lubster out of the super markets fish tank,

                only to hide it in hes pants and it clap down on hes you known what softpart

                best ending of a crime Ever, justice was served that day,

                if only this theft had the same ending,

                 

                this guy deserves to  be on the worlds dumbest criminals they put on tv mocking the stupid  criminals

                , fun to watch, unreal to our brains logic

                 

                god i hope they got this on the stores video cams, with voices, this will be perfect to watch on tv

                Lobster don't get no 'fresher' than that. LOL

                In neo-conned Amerika, bank robs you.
                Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms should be the name of a convenience store, not a govnoment agency.

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                  Posted: March 13, 2010, 11:06 pm - IP Logged

                  There's stupid and then there's REALLY STUPID!