NC woman accused of stealing SC lottery tickets

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) - A North Carolina woman has been accused of stealing lottery tickets in South Carolina, cashing in more than two dozen before she was caught.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported that 20-year-old Kristi Lynn Welch of Gastonia, N.C., was arrested Monday night in a break-in at a convenience store in Clover in May.

Welch is charged with burglary, grand larceny, criminal conspiracy and defrauding the South Carolina lottery.

York County sheriff's deputies say Welch cashed in 27 tickets in South Carolina and had tried to obtain prize money in North Carolina.

Lt. Mike Baker says Welch was identified from surveillance video at stores where she failed to cash tickets.

Eighteen-year-old Derrick Eugene Ramsey of Gastonia was being held in Gaston County on the same charges. Deputies are looking for a third suspect.

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