Lottery ticket thief caught after posing for photos while cashing winning $1,000 ticket

Christopher Sikes 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A lottery ticket thief was placed behind bars after cashing a stolen $1,000 winning ticket in a store and posing for photos, according to police in Florida.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said that they have arrested 24-year-old Christopher Sikes, after he broke into an Ocala convenience store, stole $10,000 worth of Florida Lottery tickets and attempted to cash them at multiple locations.

Sikes’ picture was posted on the sheriff’s Facebook page on Monday, where he was quickly identified, and he was captured and booked into the Marion County Jail the very next day.

Two weeks ago, deputies responded to the Qwick King Gas Station located at 5880 NW 44th Avenue in Ocala, in reference to a burglary.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered the front glass door had been shattered.

The store owner told deputies that he was missing an entire case of Florida Lottery scratch-off tickets that were valued at $10,000 or more.

Surveillance video was obtained from the scene and it showed Sikes, smashing the front door with what appeared to be a hatchet.

Sikes entered the store, took the lottery tickets and left. A short time later, Sikes tried to cash a $1,000 stolen ticket at a convenience store in Leesburg.

The store clerk advised Sikes that the ticket was declined and that the ticket may be stolen. Sikes then tried to leave the store, but the store clerk insisted that Sikes pose for a picture or he would call the cops.

Sikes then posed for the picture with one of the stolen lottery tickets before he left the store. The picture that the store clerk took in Leesburg, was the picture posted on the police Facebook page on Monday.

Sikes has been charged with burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property.