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Assistant manager accused in Florida lottery ticket theft

January 20, 2021 GMT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — An assistant manager of a convenience store has been arrested in a case involving stolen Florida Lottery scratch-off tickets.

The tickets taken from a Jacksonville Circle K store were worth a combined total of $6,520, according to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Richard Dawayne Fonville, 37, of Hilliard, on Monday on theft charges.

An arrest report said Fonville was left in charge of the store for a few days over the holidays while the manager was assigned to another one.

When the manager returned to the store on Dec. 29, she found some inconsistencies in the lottery ticket sales record for Dec. 20 and Dec. 25 through Dec. 28, the report said.

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She reviewed security footage, which showed Fonville removing scratch-off tickets from the counter on those dates, the Florida Times-Union reported. The video showed Fonville scan the tickets to find the winners without scratching them off.

The manager told investigators the tickets were never paid for, but the amount each ticket won was taken from the cash register.

Jail records did not indicate whether Fonville has a lawyer.