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Florida lottery winner accused of grand theft

Dec 12, 2015, 8:15 am

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The man who claimed a half-million dollar Florida Lottery prize a few days ago was determining Friday how much money he would need to post bail after police took him into custody on a warrant.

Giovanni Sanchez, 27, of the 1600 block of Southeast Tiffany Club Place, Port St. Lucie, was charged Friday afternoon with grand theft, three counts of trafficking in stolen property and three counts of giving false information to a pawnbroker. He was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail Friday afternoon. His bail will be determined at his first appearance Saturday. 

According to Florida Lottery officials, the ticket Sanchez bought Sunday at a Speedway convenience store in Jensen Beach was for the $500,000 Holiday Gifts Scratch-Off game.

Police began in May investigating Sanchez as a suspect in a complaint of missing jewelry by an ex-girlfriend, according to his affidavits. She contacted police when she realized $3,350 worth of jewelry was missing from her home. 

Sanchez and his ex-girlfriend dated for six months and lived together part of that time, according to statements she gave to police. The couple broke up in February. 

A detective determined that between Dec. 24 and Jan. 8, Sanchez made three sales of five pieces of jewelry to two pawn shops in the city, according to affidavits. Store records show the jewelry he pawned matched the description of the jewelry his ex-girlfriend said was missing. 

Sanchez received $510 from the three transactions, police said. Most of the items had already been sold by the stores when police asked about them in May, polce said.

Police spokesman Sgt. Frank Sabol said officers looked for Sanchez at multiple addresses and used several phone numbers, but could not locate him.

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Pennsylvania
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Taxes, restitution, bond.....bye, bye money and those smiling faces too.

If the girl is smart, she'll leave now. Making a little Sanchez at this point will only

create more money woes. Thumbs Down

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    Erzulieredeyes's avatar - spider miss.png
    Painesville, Ohio
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    How convenient for him to win $500k.... now he can repay for all those stolen goods. I have a feeling the police will shaft him like they did Marie Holmes.

      reddog's avatar - rickyavatar4
      Durham, North Carolina
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      How convenient for him to win $500k.... now he can repay for all those stolen goods. I have a feeling the police will shaft him like they did Marie Holmes.

      What do you mean the police will shaft him like they did Marie Holmes? You mean jack up the bail because of the money won ?

      Taking it one drawing at a time.

        rcbbuckeye's avatar - Lottery-062.jpg
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        Marie didn't get shafted. She shafted herself by being stupid hanging around a felon. No one forced her to put up bail for him.

        This lady was smart enough to split with her loser.

        CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

        A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

          reddog's avatar - rickyavatar4
          Durham, North Carolina
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          Marie didn't get shafted. She shafted herself by being stupid hanging around a felon. No one forced her to put up bail for him.

          This lady was smart enough to split with her loser.

          I Agree!

          Taking it one drawing at a time.

            zephbe's avatar - animal butterfly.jpg
            South Carolina
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            July 15, 2009
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            The lottery doesn't care who wins it, as long as it gets won.

            Congratulations to law enforcement for catching this thief.

            Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.-Rocky Balboa

            “Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of going after yours.” – Zig Ziglar

              music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
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              I agree I Agree!.  His former girl friend will be paid back. Great police work.

               "We are all in this together!" 

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                Dumb Criminal.

                Seek and ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

                Having Money Solves Problems That Not Having Money Creates Yes Nod ****John Carlton****

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                  Taxes, restitution, bond.....bye, bye money and those smiling faces too.

                  If the girl is smart, she'll leave now. Making a little Sanchez at this point will only

                  create more money woes. Thumbs Down

                  Don't be so hard on the man. He will probably still have a little money left over. How many of us can go to jail with even $100k to our name? Just my thoughts on it all.

                    HaveABall's avatar - rocket

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                    Another popular, creative type of fella won!

                    Hum, this lottery winner was ALMOST also successful with evading the person he stole from and the police. 

                    Does anyone here think that the woman in this picture should double check her and her son's valuables to see if anything is missing this year?

                    Drum

                    Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!

                    Disney

                      travelintrucker's avatar - morph
                      Greenville, SC
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                      I know its just the luck of the draw. However, it pisses me off when criminals win the lottery over law abiding citizens.

                      May the balls bounce in your favor!

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                        I know its just the luck of the draw. However, it pisses me off when criminals win the lottery over law abiding citizens.

                        Whats worse? This guy (criminals) winning or when someone who is ALREADY well off winning??? 


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                          Somebody who is a criminal who is already well off.

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                            Eatontown, NJ
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                            Somebody who is a criminal who is already well off.

                            Flossy!!!! Green laugh