Employees steal $175,000 from grocery store and use money to buy winning lottery ticket from same store


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By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A couple was arrested on a charge of theft after allegedly stealing nearly $200,000 from their boss and using the money to buy lottery tickets, according to police in Pennsylvania.

Cressona police said that they have arrested 51-year-old Joan Lechleitner and her fiance, 54-year-old Kerry Titus, who are employees of the Agway grocery store, after being accused of stealing $175,000 from the store before winning more than $200,000 by buying a winning lottery ticket from the same store.

The couple was charged with theft, conspiracy and records tampering.

According to the police investigation, the couple along with two other employees stole from the Agway store over a period of five years.

The employees used the stolen money to buy lottery tickets from the store, including the ticket that won more than $1 million.

Lechleitner won a total of $261,904.50.

After having financial difficulties, the store owner installed hidden cameras, which captured the suspects stealing money and buying lottery tickets.