Lottery tickets stolen at Kaneville store

Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 5:43 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 11:41 a.m. CDT

KANEVILLE – A customer cashing in on scratch-off lottery tickets at a Kaneville store last week stole a batch in front of the clerk, according to a Kane County Sheriff's Office report.

According to the report, a man entered Hill's Country Store, 2S133 Harter Road, at about 7:20 p.m. Thursday to redeem $37 in winning scratch-off lottery tickets and sought to purchase $37 worth of The Good Life tickets, another scratch-off game.

While the employee counted the tickets, the customer reportedly told her he wanted the rest of the roll. The clerk pulled out the tickets and put them on the counter, police reported.

The clerk was calculating how much the customer owed when he picked up the tickets and said, "We're good, right?" according to the report. The clerk reportedly told him that he owed more money, and he repeated himself, saying, "So we're good then, right?"

Again, the clerk said, "no," but the man said, "OK," and walked out with the tickets, according to the report.

He reportedly left in a newer, dark colored car that was last seen heading west on Harter Road. After he left, the employee reportedly grabbed a calculator and figured out what he owed.

"She grabs the side of her head with both hands and put her head down," police reported, describing security footage of the incident.

The tickets reportedly cost $1 each, and the store has to pay for those that were stolen, according to the report. The report did not indicate how many tickets were stolen but noted the Illinois Lottery has been informed of the theft, and the stolen tickets are no longer valid.

The sheriff's reported indicated the store would pursue charges if the offender was located. The suspect was described as wearing a navy jacket and a Chicago Cubs shirt. He had short hair and glasses.
Store owner Pat Hill declined to comment for the story.

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