- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—An alleged robber probably had a quarter in hand, scratching lottery tickets hoping for a visit from Lady Luck Monday.

Around 4 a.m., the suspect reportedly stole several rolls of lottery tickets from Dan’s Kwik Stop on the Mount Hope Bypass. He smashed the glass at the service counter to gain access to the rolls of scratch-off tickets, Capt. Jim Sizemore of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department said.

It is estimated the alleged robber took about $1,000 worth of scratch off tickets, said Dan Ewing, owner of the store.

In addition to the lottery tickets, approximately $200 in cash was taken, as well as the cash register, Sizemore said.

Ewing said the store had been robbed three or four times before, but not recently. He thought the wire cages on the windows and the door would deter theft.

“It didn’t work this time,” he said.

The alleged robber used wire cutters to slice though the protective measure. Once inside, Ewing said, the alleged robber smashed up the place, including a lottery ticket machine.

“He tore up the store,” Ewing said. “There was glass everywhere.”

The damage to the store’s door, the glass sales counter and the cash register was estimated at approximately $1,600.

West Virginia Lottery officials arrived at the store around noon Monday to investigate and took a number of scratch off ticket packets. The packets were replaced with new ones, he said.

At the store Monday, patrons were shocked that the store would have been a target. The break-in occurred while the store was closed, said Ewing.

A forensic specialist and the county sheriff’s department are in the process of examining latent fingerprints, footwear impressions and DNA evidence, Sizemore said.

The suspect was described as a white male wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and ball cap, with a white bandanna pulled up over his face to disguise his facial features.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the West Virginia State Lottery Commission.

“We encourage local businesses serving as licensed agents for the West Virginia Lottery to be alert for anyone attempting to cash in multiple lottery tickets,” said Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler.

“If someone comes in with multiple winning lottery tickets, we ask that you make note of the individual’s appearance and notify us as soon as possible,” the sheriff said.

Ewing said he doesn’t know if there is a suspect yet.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact the Fayette County 911 Center at 304-574-3590 or Crime Stoppers at 304-255-7867.

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