VIDEO: Man Breaks into Smoke Stack Shop for Lottery Tickets
Moon Township Police have charged a former employee of the shop with breaking in to steal scratch-off lottery tickets.
A former employee of the Smoke Stack on University Boulevard broke into the shop repeatedly to steal more than a $1,000 in lottery tickets, police said.
Moon Township Police arrested 23-year-old Raymond Forrester, of Oakdale, early Wednesday morning as he was pulling out of the store's parking lot of Carnot Road in a white pick-up truck.
Police Chief Leo McCarthy said Forrester left his job at the tobacco products store a month ago, but has since used a security code to access the store 15 times, stealing dozens of lottery tickets valued at $1,100.
Officer James Kazmierczak said the store has reported multiple burglaries in recent weeks, but the building showed no signs of forced entry, according to a complaint.
The burglaries were captured on the store's surveillance camera system. View the video in the media above.
Officers spotted Forrester's truck in the Smoke Stack parking lot as they were responding to a panic alarm at the building, Kazmierczak wrote.
When approached by police, Forrester said he was an employee who was stopping in to pick up his cell phone charger. Police later confirmed that he was no longer working for the business.
Forrester waived his Miranda rights and confessed to the burglaries, police said.
He has been charged with one count of burglary with 14 additional counts to come, McCarthy said. He has also been charged with criminal trespass and theft by unlawful taking.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 8 in Coraopolis District Court.