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Florida Man Arrested for Trying to Cash In Winning Lottery Ticket at Gas Station He Stole It From

A shocking incident unfolded in Clearwater, Florida, when a 27-year-old man named Herbert McClellan attempted to cash in a stolen winning lottery ticket at the exact store he stole it from, along with several others. The Clearwater Police Department took to Facebook to share the unbelievable tale.

In a post on their official Facebook page, the Clearwater Police Department expressed that discovering a winning scratch-off lottery ticket is often considered lucky for most individuals. However, in this peculiar turn of events, the fortunate winner was none other than the thief himself.

Herbert McClellan, a resident of Clearwater, Florida, was identified as the culprit by law enforcement officials. Apparently, McClellan had stolen a total of 13 scratch-off lotto tickets from a local Speedway store situated on 32 Bay Esplanade. Amongst the pilfered tickets, one was worth $30.

Much to his detriment, McClellan decided to return to the same store to cash in the stolen winning ticket. The employees at Speedway, who had an impeccable memory, immediately recognized McClellan and promptly alerted the Clearwater Police Department. In no time, the police officers arrived at the scene and apprehended the audacious individual.

Following his arrest, McClellan was charged with petty theft and dealing in stolen property. The Clearwater Police Department humorously remarked on their Facebook post, stating that McClellan’s luck had certainly run out.

According to jail records from the Florida Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, McClellan is also facing a separate charge of driving with a suspended license. Currently imprisoned at the Pinellas County Jail, McClellan’s bail has been set at $12,000, and he is expected to stand trial.

Additionally, the jail records reveal that McClellan has had multiple run-ins with the Clearwater Police in the past. On February 20, he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of open alcohol, but was released the following day. Similarly, on October 5, 2019, the Clearwater Police Department arrested him for resisting or obstructing arrest with no violence, resulting in a misdemeanor charge.

Interestingly, this incident bears similarities to another crime in Ohio. Back in March, an Ohio man robbed a store employee at gunpoint and made off with stolen scratch-off lottery tickets. Astonishingly, the very next day, the thief attempted to cash those very tickets at an undisclosed store, leading to his identification and subsequent apprehension by the Columbus Police Department.

All in all, these bizarre incidents serve as stark reminders that criminals often find themselves caught in their own web of folly. It leaves us questioning their decision-making abilities and pondering how their misguided actions almost always lead them to face the consequences of their misdeeds.

Kyle James Lee

Majority Owner of The AEGIS Alliance. I studied in college for Media Arts, Game Development. Talents include Writer/Article Writer, Graphic Design, Photoshop, Web Design and Development, Video Production, Social Media, and eCommerce.

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