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Man distracts Ferndale gas station clerk to steal 30 lottery tickets, police say

Book of about 30 state Wild Time Gold instant lottery tickets stolen

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FERNDALE, Mich. – Ferndale police are searching for a man who they say stole a book of lottery tickets Sunday from a BP gas station on 8 Mile Road near Hilton Road.

Police said the man bought chips and a soft drink and tried to distract the clerk by asking him about displayed items for sale.

When the clerk turned around, the man grabbed a book of about 30 state Wild Time Gold instant lottery tickets. He paid for the chips and the pop and left the store.

The clerk noticed the missing tickets, checked surveillance video and notified the lottery commission.

Police said the man unsuccessfully tried to cash a winning ticket at a BP gas station on 7 Mile Road in Detroit.

The man is described as 25 to 35 years old with a stocky build and a well-groomed beard. He was wearing sneakers, green pants, a plaid shirt, a Detroit Tigers jacket and a green Detroit Tigers baseball cap with a sticker on the bill. "Pelle Pelle Detroit 1701" was written on the back of the jacket.

Video shows the man driving away from both gas stations in a black Jeep Cherokee.

Anyone with information is asked to call Ferndale police at 248-541-3650.

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