Authorities are investigating the theft of $8,618 worth of lottery tickets from a Conway gas station.
According to a Conway Police Department incident report released on Thursday, a number of lottery tickets were noticed to be missing on Feb. 19 by management at the Doublebee’s Connoco at 350 Highway 65 North.
The case is still under investigation, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery deputy director of security Remmele Mazyck said on Thursday.
According to Mazyck, anyone who steals a lottery ticket effectively finds themselves holding “a tracking device,” as stolen tickets are flagged in the lottery’s database and lottery security officials are notified whenever someone tries to cash a stolen ticket.
It also happens, Mazyck said, that both the places tickets may be stolen from and the places they may be cashed tend to have security camera systems.
In November, Angela M. Battles of 78 Banister Road was arrested on suspicion of lottery ticket fraud, along with her 18-year-old son, Jacob Kyle Battles of 335 Banister Road after four books of lottery tickets went missing from a Greenbrier Flash Market.
Lottery ticket fraud — a new addition to Arkansas criminal code — is classified as a class-D felony carrying a penalty of up to 6 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.
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