Thief steals nearly 12,000 lottery tickets, 170 cartons of cigarettes from Va. business

Thief steals nearly 12,000 lottery tickets, 170 cartons of cigarettes from Va. business
Anyone with information is asked to call deputies. (Source: Stafford County Sheriff's Office)

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a thief stole nearly 12,000 scratch-off lottery tickets and 170 cartons of cigarettes from a Fas-Mart convenience store.

Deputies were called to the business along Garrisonville Road around 4:35 a.m. after a business alarm went off.

At the scene, they found a shattered window and open door. A K9 unit performed a security sweep of the area and deputies search the surrounding area.

The store owner conducted an inventory and determined “12,000 scratch-off lottery tickets with values varying between $10.00 and $30.00 had been taken during the theft, leading to a loss of between $120,000 and $360,000. The suspect also stole an estimated 170 cartons of cigarettes.”

Deputies are investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (540) 658-4400.

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