Store clerk accused of cashing stolen lottery tickets

Store clerk accused of cashing stolen lottery tickets
Dalton Allen Ellison (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) - A convenience store clerk gambled and lost after police say he cashed stolen lottery tickets.

The manager of the Jordan's Subway, Highway 49 in Brookland, reported on Feb. 9 that someone had stolen lottery tickets from the store.

The manager told investigators lottery ticket sales analysis showed the store was short $29 the previous Sunday, $137 short on Tuesday, and $179 short on Wednesday.

According to court documents, the same employee, 24-year-old Dalton Allen Ellison of Jonesboro, worked each of the shifts that the shortages occurred.

Surveillance video showed Ellison take lottery scratch-off tickets from the business when no customers were present, the probable cause affidavit stated.

"Ellison then scanned multiple lottery tickets to retrieve the cash payout receipts printed from the point-of-sale machine when a winner was scanned," Det. Zachary Purrington of the Brookland Police Department stated.

According to the affidavit, the times on the receipts and the surveillance video coincided.

"The video surveillance shows Ellison knowingly used a computer system to defraud/steal from the business using lottery tickets and cash payout receipts," the affidavit stated.

Ellison is also alleged to have used a manager's code without authorization to "adjust/forge" a refund to himself in the amount of $33.14 cash for a pair of Bluetooth headphones.

On Feb. 12, Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause to charge Ellison with second-degree forgery and computer fraud. The judge then issued a bench warrant for Ellison's arrest.

On Monday, April 23, Ellison appeared in video court before Fowler who set his bond at $2,000 cash/surety and ordered him to appear in circuit court on May 25 to answer the charges.

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