Woman accused of stealing $10,000 worth of lottery tickets

A Little Torch Key woman was arrested Friday after she stole $10,000 worth of lottery tickets, authorities said.

Detective John Gabay was called Friday to the Big Pine Key Winn-Dixie grocery store, where he met with an asset protection specialist for Winn-Dixie.

The employee told Gabay that the company does a lotto inventory every week between February and April and it identified a $13,786 shortage at the Big Pine Key store.

Surveillance video from the store shows a store employee, Teresa Blanco, 41, taking $25 scratch-off tickets, but paying for lower $2 or $5 tickets, authorities said.

Detectives said Blanco confessed to stealing $10,000 worth of lottery tickets.

She faces a grand theft charge.


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