$5,000 Lottery Ticket Snatched By Bicyclist
Mar. 22 - BCN - A Scotts Valley woman received an unpleasant surprise Wednesday when a winning lottery ticket she stated to be worth $5,000 was suddenly snatched from her hands by a passing bicyclist.
The incident occurred at around 7:40 p.m. just after the woman had stopped outside her parked car to scratch several lottery tickets purchased from a Safeway grocery store located at 253 Mt. Herman Road, Scotts Valley police Officer David Ball said.
When the woman realized she was holding a $5,000 winning "Cherry Tripler" ticket in her hands, she raised the ticket above her head, exclaiming, "I won."
Ball reports that at that moment a man with shoulder-length blond hair rode past the woman on a rust colored cruiser-style bicycle, plucked the ticket from her outstretched hand and sped away.
Police say the suspect, described as an approximately 45-year-old white male standing about six feet tall, was last seen riding away from the parking lot wearing tan khaki pants and a red fleece jacket.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Scotts Valley Police Department at (831) 440-5670
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