Police say they have caught the man who used an SUV to smash the front of a Han-Dee Hugo’s convenience store last month and make off with a bunch of state lottery tickets that he ultimately was unable to cash in.
Oliver Owen Russ, 24, was charged Tuesday with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and obtaining property by false presence. Russ was already being held in the Wake County Detention Center on unrelated charges, said police spokesman Jim Sughrue.
Police say Russ got into a Han-Dee Hugo’s store on Durant Road by driving a stolen Jeep Grand Cherokee into the glass front about 4 a.m. on July 21. They say he left a few minutes later with a batch of scratch-off N.C. Education Lottery tickets that had been on a counter.
As soon as a store reports tickets stolen, the lottery locks those out of the system, making it impossible to cash in any winners, said state lottery spokesman Van Denton. Before that happened, though, Russ was able to turn in three winners at other stores, getting a total of $45, police said.