[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 01/05/21]
LEESBURG, Florida — A convenience store clerk was arrested for grand theft and possession of marijuana after she was captured on video stealing lottery tickets, according to an arrest affidavit.
Leesburg Police responded to Circle K, 3300 West Main Street Saturday and a manager told an officer another manager observed an employee handling lottery tickets suspiciously the previous day. After a lottery audit, it was found around 36 scratch-off lottery tickets, valued at $800 were unaccounted for. The complaining manager told police after reviewing surveillance footage, she found that the cashier, Angelique Rose Gayle Williams, 18, took multiple tickets and scanned them, looking for winners. Williams then cashed in winning tickets for a total of approximately $60 and threw the tickets in the trash.
The video later showed Williams counting the money and putting it in her back pocket, according to the affidavit. When Williams arrived for her shift Saturday, she was arrested and searched and found with a small bag of marijuana. Police asked Williams if she had taken the lottery tickets on other occasions and she refused to answer, but “advised it was not just her,” the affidavit states.
Williams was taken to the Lake County Jail, where she was released on $3,000 bond
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