MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. - Two store clerks were arrested Saturday after allegedly stealing scratch-off lottery tickets and cashing in the winners for themselves.
Police say Caitlin Kaczynski, 25, and Brandi Anton, 23, who work at Exxon Beach Stop in Melbourne Beach, stole more than $14,000 worth of scratch-off lottery while on the job.
"It's not that they won $14,000, it's that they pulled that many tickets off of those rolls," said Detective Corporal Melanie Griswold with Melbourne Beach police.
It happened several times over the course of two months. Police say the women would scratch off the bottom part of the lottery ticket and hold it underneath the lottery scanner. If it wasn't a winning ticket, they'd toss it out, but if it was, they would take it to another store and cash the winnings.
"He (the owner) trusted these two girls to be able to take care of his store when they're not there, and this is what happens," said Griswold.
The owner of the store says the women were only working for him for a few months before their arrest. He's now waiting to hear back from his insurance adjuster to see if he'll be the one who has to pay back the $14,000.
Both women posted their bonds, however police say because this is an ongoing investigation, additional charges could be filed.
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