Florida man steals lottery tickets, returns in a different outfit for more

Jun 17, 2021, 12:09 pm (8 comments)

Florida Lottery

Thief presses his luck twice

Includes video report

By Kate Northrop

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A Florida man committed two thefts within the same night, stealing scratch-off lottery tickets out of a case and returning to the convenience store for more — in a different outfit.

A thief thought he was being crafty when he stole from the same store twice in two separate outfits.

On Monday, surveillance video footage inside a Gulf Coast convenience store in Fort Myers captured an unnamed man entering the building dressed in red sweatpants and a black t-shirt while carrying what looked to be a small crowbar. He wore a black piece of cloth over his head and tried to cover his face.

He began pulling scratch-off tickets out of a case under the counter before attempting to wrench the entire cabinet out of its place. The thief managed to pull an entire drawer out before running out of the store, tickets trailing behind him.

Security footage then shows the same man reentering the building, this time wearing a monochrome hoodie and gray shorts. At least he wore the same flip flops.

His next targets were the safe and cash register, but unfortunately for him, the safe was empty.

Police have not yet identified the double-dipping robber but are hoping to put him in a prison inmate outfit instead.

VIDEO: Watch the store surveillence footage

Lottery Post Staff



* l would love to read he's excuse when he is apprehended.

* Good thing those orange outfits come in all sizes!


If he cashout the ticket. He will be in prison.


Where is the employee of the store?  This  persons have a family  member and friends  working this store


Been years since buying a scratcher from a clerk, but remember they scanned each ticket bought.   Not sure what FL does in this regard.

Do believe in the self service machine each roll is scanned as it is loaded...but will ask without trying to be too nosey next time a refill is witnessed.

So if not scanned he'll get caught when trying to cash them in?

KY Floyd's avatarKY Floyd

AFAIK scratch tickets are like gift cards. All of the printing that determines their value is there, but it doesn't mean anything until it's activated at the time of sale. He probably won't get caught when trying to cash any winners, but there's a pretty good chance he'll provide a better picture to increase his chances of being identified and caught later.


Might be a press-joke again? We had that in all newspapers, black here, black there, and now blacks everywhere with asians too. You cannot miss our black in your american Starbucks in our european trainstation. Some governments slept or avoided some costs somehow? In fifty years from normal to racial disaster. ...  - Otherwise it is a Lustig method, get more tickets to win big. Very lustig.


Now the question is how was he able to come back twice and no employee's was around. I am wondering whether or not the employee's was in on it...


He made an obvious mistake.  You need to wear glasses when you change your identity.  Just ask Superman.

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