Brittany Chantais Orgeron (Lincoln County Sheriff's office file photo)

Convenience store employee charged with theft of lottery tickets

A convenience store employee has been charged with the theft of more than $1,200 worth of North Carolina Education Lottery tickets.

The thefts occurred at the Jetway convenience store on Highway 27 east of Lincolnton between March 17 and April 4.  Store officials discovered the missing lottery tickets and a few scratched off tickets that were placed back in the slot to be sold. Charged in the thefts is 26 year old Brittany Chantais Orgeron of Cinnabar Lane, Iron Station, NC.

Surveillance video shows the employee allegedly placing a stack of lottery tickets in her purse then taking the purse out to her car.  One of the scratch-off tickets valued at $500 and another for $50 were redeemed on March 25.  Two other tickets had been redeemed on March 17, 2017.  During an interview she admitted to taking the scratch off tickets.

Orgeron was charged with one felony count each of Larceny by Servants and Possessing Stolen Goods. Detectives arrested Orgeron when she reported for work on April 4.  She was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $3,000 secured bond.