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Police: Turkey Hill cashier steals lottery tickets worth thousands of dollars

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 21 2014 11:38:47 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 21 2014 10:23:33 PM CDT

Convenience store employee stole lottery tickets, police say

MOUNT PENN, Pa. -

A convenience store employee is being accused of stealing lottery tickets and pocketing thousands of dollars in earnings.  

Police say Jordan Groce was stealing scratch off lottery tickets while working at Turkey Hill at 2450 Perkiomen Avenue in Mount Penn.

"Apparently Turkey Hill's loss prevention corporate office caught on that they were missing a large amount of lottery books from their inventory," said Central Berks Regional Police Detective Darin Manndel.

Police say that is when store managers looked at the surveillance video and saw Groce stealing the tickets.

"He was then seen on camera scratching the tickets off, scanning them into the computer and collecting the winnings," said Manndel.

Detective Manndel says the managers approached Groce and he admitted to taking about $5,100 worth of lottery tickets. That is when they called the police.

"Oh wow. I am surprised. It is bad, especially over here. But I guess it can happen anywhere," said Rachel Huntley of Mt. Penn.

Mary Ziegler says she used to work at that Turkey Hill about four years ago and she is not surprised.

"That is a possibility. I think it could be very easily done even for all the cameras they have up in the ceilings," said Mary Ziegler of Mt. Penn.

After police investigated the incident further, they found Groce allegedly stole $6,865 in lottery tickets and earnings.

Groce was charged with receiving stolen property and theft. A judge set bail at $25,000.