A kind convenience store owner decided not to press charges against a 29-year-old father he caught stealing a roll of lottery tickets from his store and additionally didn’t have him banned from his store, according to a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Dry Pond Store off Hwy. 82, Jefferson, after the store’s owner said he caught the offender on video taking a roll of 30 $10 Benjamin tickets from the counter when his back was turned, then getting into a black vehicle and driving away.
The offender was a regular customer, the victim told police. He said he didn’t want to press charges on him because he was married and had several children. He said if the offender would either return the lottery tickets or come back and apologize, then he wouldn’t press charges.
A deputy went to the offender’s residence and explained to him what the victim said. The offender agreed to return to the store and told the owner he had torn up the lottery tickets and that none of them had been cashed in. He also apologized to the owner.