Store clerk busted for stealing winning lottery ticket while giving customer only $5By Emily Lewis 8:18 AM January 25, 2018
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.