(From L to R) Devin McCrackin, Richard Rittmayer and Jon Wacaster (Source: Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office)
WALHALLA, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Three people have been arrested after a convenience store in Salem had its doors smashed and $7,000 in lottery tickets stolen on Monday, the Oconee County Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies responded to the Little River General Store on Alexandra Road early Monday morning after someone noticed the front door glass broken and the doors open. They said the owner was notified and he said there wasn't much that appeared to be missing besides 23 rolls of lottery tickets, valued at $300 per roll.
According to the sheriff's office, they were able to get surveillance footage of two men, one wearing a ski mask and the other with a hood over his head.
Deputies said after the store was burglarized, the suspects attempted to cash the tickets, which led to their arrest. When they tried to cash them, the lottery machine notified the cashier to call the lottery agency, but didn't cash the ticket.
After an investigation, Devin McCrackin, 19, and Richard Rittmayer, 27, were charged with second-degree burglary and grand larceny, the sheriff's office said.
In addition to the charges, McCrackin is also charged "with intent to defraud the South Carolina Education Lottery" for trying to cash the Money Millionaire ticket at the Bountyland Quik Stop in Walhalla, deputies said.
Deputies also charged Jon Wacaster, 18, "with the intent to defraud the South Carolina Education Lottery" for attempting to cash a Heat Wave ticket. He is also charged with accessory before the fact of a felony.
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