COLUMBIA, SC — The Richland County sheriff’s department is searching for two men who stole a “large quantity of S.C. Education Lottery tickets” last week from a Blythewood convenience store.
Also being sought in a separate theft are two men alleged to have stolen some $20,000 of air conditioning and freezer equipment, the sheriff’s office said.
The two men who stole the scratch-off lottery tickets – officials did not release how many were stolen – scratched off some of the tickets to come up with winning numbers and later tried to cash them in at the AM PM Food Mart, 7230 Parklane Road, in Columbia, Sheriff Leon Lott said.
However, the two exited the store hurriedly without cashing the tickets in.
Lott is also requesting community help in locating Larry Hudson, 63, and Frank Johnson, 47, against whom warrants have been sworn out for larceny.
The two men entered Albert’s Deli, 7358 Parklane Rd., Columbia, in the early morning hours of last Friday and stealing three Arcoaire air conditioning units, one walk-in freezer condenser and walk-in cooler condenser, Lott said. .
A person who worked at Albert’s Deli heard noises in the back, saw the two men loading the stolen items into an orange, older model Ford pickup truck and called police.
A tip – including cell phone photos by a citizen – led to the identification of the two suspects, Lott said.
Lott asked anyone with information about these crimes to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.