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Store clerk busted for stealing winning lottery ticket while giving customer only $5

By Emily Lewis 8:18 AM January 25, 2018
Crystelle Baton

A store clerk was arrested and she lost her job after she tried to rob a customer of his lottery winnings.

42-year-old Crystelle Yvette Baton of Florida worked at the Winn-Dixie supermarket in Fort Myers.

According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, a man walked into the store with a lottery ticket and handed it to Baton to see if he won any money.

Baton told the customer that he won $5. She then took out a $5 bill from her own wallet and handed it to him.

However, Baton was caught because she messed with the wrong person, police said.

The man was not a random customer but rather an agent who works undercover for the Florida Lottery Commission’s security division.

The agent knew that what he handed to the store clerk was a $600 winning ticket.

He took the $5 and left the store to call the police. Officers found the $600 ticket among the clerk’s personal possessions.

Baton was arrested and charged with larceny grand theft. She was also fired from her job.

Baton was released after posting $5,000 bond.