Store clerk charged with $15k lottery theft

Staff Written Law Enforcement

By Patrick Yost


A former clerk at Madison’s Golden Pantry Convenience store turned herself into Madison Police Department officials Monday after she allegedly stole more than $15,000 from the store while in the store’s employ.

Destiny Wyatt, 21, Madison turned herself in without incident, said, Det. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department, after Madison authorities secured a felony theft by taking arrest warrant against Wyatt.

The warrant alleges that between Feb. 1 and Feb. 20 Wyatt, while a clerk at the store, produced more than $15,000 in print-out lottery tickets without paying for the items. Thompson said that in the span of 19 days Wyatt allegedly took anywhere from $450 in tickets to $3,750 in tickets on Feb. 17.

An incident report regarding the theft alleges that at some point Wyatt allegedly cashed a $500 ticket at the Pilot Truck Stop, Eatonton Road.

Thompson said the alleged theft was discovered after store employees completed a lottery cash inventory. The thefts, he said, were caught on store surveillance video. He also said that Wyatt admitted to taking the tickets when she turned herself into authorities. Wyatt was terminated from her job on Feb. 20, Thompson said.

Thompson said authorities have not calculated how much, if any, money was won by Wyatt.

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