by Max Brantley
The police have arrested a convenience store manager for lottery ticket theft. This arises from an incident — now subject of a lawsuit — in which lottery ticket buyers discovered they'd been sold tickets that apparently had been tampered with to see if they included an instant $50 bonus. Buyers were sold losers.
The Little Rock police report:
1. 2012-043185 – THEFT OF PROPERTY
SUSPECT – ALFRED WALKER JR, B/M, 11/12/1980, #9 APPLEGATE COURT
VICTIM – RACEWAY GAS STATION, 6425 S. UNIVERSITY AVENUE
INCIDENT DATE/TIME – FEBRUARY 1ST, 2012 – APRIL 23RD, 2012
INCIDENT LOCATION – 6425 S. UNIVERSITY AVENUE
ARREST DATE/TIME – 05/25/2012, 1130 HOURS
ARREST LOCATION – 700 W. MARKHAM
On April 23rd, 2012, a citizen filed a complaint with the Arkansas State Lottery Commission in reference to buying a lottery ticket that had a bonus box that had already been scratched off. This complaint stated that the ticket was an Arkansas Millionaires Club Scratch-off and that it was purchased at the Raceway Gas Station located at 6425 South University Avenue. Approximately an hour after the first complaint came in, a second complaint came in reference to the same game purchased from the same store on University. The head of lottery security, Lance Huey, responded to the gas station and had the manager, Alfred Walker (Suspect); remove all of the twenty dollar ($20.00) Millionaire Club tickets from the dispenser. The owner of the store, Donnie Miller, also, responded and filed a police report. During the investigation it was learned that the Suspect was the only employee who had a key to the locked bin, where the un-activated lottery tickets are kept. The Suspect, also, takes a daily inventory of all of the lottery tickets and records them on a computer at work. On the date of April 23rd, 2012, the Suspect had taken an inventory and falsely recorded that all one hundred seventy-four (174) Millionaire Club tickets were in the store. An inventory done later by District Manager, Joseph Sublett, indicated that the store only had one hundred and two (102) of the Millionaire Club tickets and that on the morning of April 23rd, 2012 seventy-two (72) were missing. It could not be determined which employee as scratching the tickets prior to their sale. On May 24th, 2012, a felony Theft of Property warrant was issued for the Suspect in reference to the missing lottery tickets. On May 25th, 2012, the Suspect turned himself in at Police Headquarters. The warrant was served and Alfred Walker (Suspect) was transported to the Pulaski County Jail.