Belfast burglary probed in Nashville

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Marshall County Sheriff's Department is tracking down suspects in the burglary of the Belfast Market this week and the public's help is needed.

Lottery tickets with a retail value of nearly $2,500 were taken during the burglary and while the store's owner called state lottery officials after the break-in was discovered at about 3 a.m. on Tuesday, some of the winning tickets were paid at about 5 that morning in Nashville, Sheriff Norman Dalton said Thursday.

Dalton explained the situation as he'd released a store security camera photo showing the face of a man who cashed in the winning tickets. The photo is from a Mapco store at 712 Main St., Nashville.

"He is a person of interest, or he might be a suspect, because of the tickets held in his hand," the sheriff said, describing the photo. "We'd like to question him. He's the one who's passing the tickets."

People who think they recognize the man in the photo may call the sheriff's department at 359-6122, or CrimeStoppers at 359-4867 where cash rewards can be paid to anonymous tipsters.

Lawmen believe that the same man in the security camera photo also "attempted to pass other tickets," Dalton said. "The others had a block on them" so they could not result in payment of prize money.