Mansfield woman charged with stealing lottery tickets

MANSFIELD – Connie McCullough, 43, of 19 St. James St., was charged by borough police with retail theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly taking 672 lottery tickets from Sara Jo’s Stop and Go on West Wellsboro Street, where she was employed between May and Sept. 12.

According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson’s office, the total value of the tickets was $11,320.

Police said a store surveillance camera caught McCullough handing lottery tickets to Joseph Harzinski, 44, of the same address, to be removed from the property. Charges have not been filed against Harzinski.

The thefts were reported to police by the store owners Sara Jo and Jeffrey Crum on Sept. 11.

Camera footage also revealed McCullough opening the lottery machine, documenting the ticket number in the book and then taking a stack of instant lottery tickets and scratching them at the table by the machine Sept. 12 and again later that day. She was fired at the end of the day, court documents said.

Police said McCullough’s mother turned over an email from her daughter Sept. 25, admitting taking the tickets out of the machine and not paying for them.

She was issued a summons to appear at a Jan. 8 preliminary hearing.