Beer, lotto tickets taken from Belfast Market

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Three dozen cans of beer and lottery tickets with a retail value of $2,500 were reported stolen during an overnight burglary discovered before dawn Tuesday in Belfast, according to Marshall County Sheriff's officials.

Nathan Johnson, proprietor of Belfast Market and Deli, 2230 Fayetteville Highway, was calling state lottery officials Tuesday morning to make the stolen tickets worthless, Sheriff Norman Dalton reported after receiving Deputy Matt Owens' report.

"Call Crime-Stoppers if you have any information," Dalton said of the tipsters' hot-line that pays cash for valuable information. The number is 359-4867.

Owens was on routine patrol at nearly 3 a.m. Tuesday when he saw that the market's front door had been broken, apparently with a rock, the deputy reported. The last time the door had been secured was 8:15 p.m. Monday.

The glass door's value was placed at $700.

Capt. Bart Fagan and Deputy Greg Levi are also investigating the burglary, Dalton said.