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Grocery store employee accused of stealing $10k in lottery tickets

Teresa Blanco

Teresa Blanco

BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they have charged a Florida grocery employee with stealing $10,000 worth of lottery tickets from a grocery store in Big Pine Key.

News outlets report the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post on Monday that they’ve arrested 41-year-old Teresa Blanco, of Little Torch Key, and charged her with grand theft.

Officials with Winn-Dixie contacted authorities when they noticed an almost $14,000 shortage in lottery inventory. Authorities say when they arrived at the store an employee showed them a surveillance video of Blanco pocketing $25 scratch-off tickets and only paying for $2 and $5 tickets.

Authorities say when Blanco looked at the video, she admitted to taking $10,000 in lottery tickets.