Man smashed Jeep into store, taking racks of lottery tickets, Raleigh Police say

Photos from Raleigh Police

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — Police in Raleigh are looking for a man they say smashed a Jeep into the front of a convenience store and stole racks of lottery tickets.

The Raleigh Police Department is attempting to identify the male suspect, police said. Once identified, he will be charged in connection with a burglary that occurred at the Han-Dee Hugo’s store at 10550 Durant Road, according to Jim Sughrue, Raleigh Police spokesman.

Shortly before 4 a.m. on July 21, the suspect drove a dark-colored SUV through the glass frontal area of the store, then backed the vehicle out of the business and entered the store on foot, Sughrue said.

“Once inside, he stole three display stacks of N.C. Education Lottery tickets and fled. He began making attempts to redeem winning tickets shortly afterward,” Sughrue said.

Two days later, a Raleigh Police Officer was on patrol when she saw a Jeep Grand Cherokee in the corner of a parking lot on Falls of Neuse Road.

“When the officer investigated, she could see lottery tickets inside, and follow up work confirmed that the vehicle in the parking lot was associated with the burglary. The vehicle was apparently stolen from its owner prior to the break in,” Sughrue said.

The suspect is a white male of unknown ethnicity and stands about 5 feet 10 inches tall and has a medium build and dark hair, police said.

Anyone who believes they may recognize the suspect in the surveillance photos or who has other information that might assist the investigation of the case is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

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