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Thief can't resist lure of lottery tickets

May 1, 2006, 7:57 am

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North Carolina Lottery

A jackpot-seeking thief swooped into a south Raleigh convenience store early Saturday morning, grabbed a plastic dispenser filled with $1,100 worth of lottery tickets and then ran away, according to police.

"The guy just came into the store and talked to the clerk for a bit," said Dawda Jack, manager of the BP Amoco Station at 1969 Rock Quarry Road. "Then he pulled a whole rack of tickets from the counter. He walked out -- we had it on tape and everything."

Raleigh police said officers caught up with the man they believe to be the robber Sunday, after somebody started trying to cash in winners from the stolen ticket haul. Fred Wallace Richardson III, 38, of 1816 Malone Place in Raleigh was arrested Sunday and charged with larceny.

Richardson was being held in the Wake County jail in lieu of $11,000 bail.

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