BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - An employee at the Blytheville UPS store was arrested last week after an investigation into stolen lottery tickets.
According to a news release from Captain Scott Adams with the Blytheville Police Department, UPS notified the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Nov. 30 that a package of lottery tickets appeared to have been opened and two bundles removed.
The tickets were then flagged and the remaining bundles were returned to Little Rock.
The Office of the Arkansas Lottery received notification on Dec. 14 that two of the stolen tickets had been scanned at Flash Market, on 1305 East Main Street.
A security specialist with the Arkansas Lottery got surveillance video from the Flash Market that showed a man enter the store and try to cash in two tickets. He then left the store when an error occurred.
The manager at UPS was able to identify the man as Albert Anderson, a part-time employee.
Anderson was interviewed by his manager and provided a written confession, according to the news release. He was immediately fired from UPS.
All of the information was then forwarded to the Blytheville Police Department and an arrest warrant was issued for Anderson.
He was arrested on Dec. 21 and taken to the police department where he met with an investigator.
Anderson told investigators in a mirandized interview that he "had fallen on hard times and decided to take two bundles of tickets," according to the news release.
He said that once the Flash Market gave him an error message he threw the rest of the tickets away.
He was taken to the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office and given a temporary bond of $2,000.
Anderson appeared in Blytheville District Court on Monday and bound over to circuit court on the same bond.
He will appear in court again on Jan. 27.
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