Sunday, August 17, 2014

Convenience Store Owner Takes Drastic Action to Deter Ticket Thieves

The owner of a convenience store in Nova Scotia, Canada, has decided to take drastic action after lottery tickets were stolen from his store.

Vijay Agnihotri, who owns the Kwik-Way convenience store on Windmill Road in Dartmouth, says the theft has left him out of pocket by CAD$ 700 so he is going to carry his supply of scratch-off tickets around with him in future.

The theft happened on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Vijay opened up his store as normal and busied himself with his usual morning tasks. He'd only been in the store a short while when he walked past his counter and realized his tray of lottery tickets had been stolen while his back was turned.

When Vijay checked the footage captured by the surveillance camera in the neighboring pawn shop he saw a man walking out of the store with the tickets. The angered store owner contacted the police at once, but does not expect to see the tickets again.

 "This is the second time this has happened in the last two years, and nobody can do anything," Vijay said.  "Even if you catch him you are not able to find the tickets."

Atlantic Lottery Corporation spokeswoman Carla Bourque said the lottery's retailer policy agreement states tickets are the retailer's responsibility after they have been bought.

When he gets his next delivery of tickets Vijay plans to display a photocopy of each type of ticket and carry the real tickets on his person.

"I have to do it because I’m losing," he said.