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Lottery-ticket bandits unlikely to scratch a win

Jan 15 2012

Thieves who stole lottery tickets from a Saanich store may not find themselves in the money if there are any winners among the haul.

Security cameras show a man making off with about $10,000 in stolen cigarettes and lottery tickets during a burglary at Fairway Market on Saturday.

However, police have already contacted the B.C. Lottery Corp. to help track the books of stolen scratch tickets.

"They do have means of tracking and identifying which lottery tickets were stolen and whether someone was to redeem those tickets as winning tickets," Sgt. Scott Treble said.

Tracing cartons of cigarettes will be much more difficult. Police expect the merchandise to start showing up at reduced prices in bars and on the street.

"Depending on how sophisticated the operation is, the cigarettes could be long gone away from Victoria by now and into another community," Treble said.

An alarm company reported a break-in at about 5:30 a.m. Officers discovered that someone had smashed the window to the building at McKenzie Avenue and Cedar Hill Road.

The suspect is described as between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8, and wearing a black hoodie with an emblem on the hood, blue jeans and black gloves with a black bandana over the mouth. He was talking on a cellphone during the burglary.

Police ask the public to report any information by calling 250-475-4321.

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