A group of young men pooled their resources to try to win big in the New York Lottery — by stealing thousands of scratch-off tickets from a Soho deli, police said.
According to cops, on Mon., June 1, around 1:30 a.m., the group forced their way into Thompson Finest Deli, at 20 Thompson St., at Grand St., through a secured front door and window.
Once inside, they swiped roughly $9,700 in New York Lottery tickets. Later that day, they tried to cash in the scratch-off tickets between 10:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. at a Shop Fair supermarket and a liquor shop, both in Crown Heights, and a Bravo supermarket in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
But the Daily News reported that, after the theft, the tickets were deactivated, so the thieves didn’t “win” any cash.
Police released photos of the alleged suspects that they said were taken from the three locations where they attempted to cash the tickets.
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