Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 13-120

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 22, 2013
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    Suspect Arrested In Lottery Ticket Thefts

    He wins a trip to jail.
    • Wednesday
    • March 20, 2013
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County

    Suspect:


    Paul Johnson, IV
    DOB: 11-26-91
    442 Avenue A. North East
    Winter Haven, F L

    Charges:

    • Grand Theft Third Degree
    • Dealing in Stolen Property
       

    Details:

    On March 9, 2013 at approximately 7:46 a.m. the suspect, Paul Johnson entered the Marathon Gas Station located at 5555 Hillsborough Avenue East and requested $200.00 worth of scratch off lottery tickets. When the clerk placed the tickets on the counter, Johnson grabbed the tickets without paying and fled on foot. At 8:42 a.m., Johnson entered the Joe’s Deli Citgo gas station located at 3939 301 Highway North and again asked for $200.00 worth of scratch off lottery tickets. When the clerk placed the tickets on the counter, Johnson grabbed the tickets without paying and fled to an awaiting maroon Toyota Avalon. A witness was able to capture the tag number to the Avalon. At 9:17 a.m. Johnson entered the Hess Express gas station located at 4324 McIntosh Road, and asked for $300.00 worth of scratch off lottery tickets. When the clerk placed the tickets on the counter, Johnson grabbed the tickets without paying and fled the area. At approximately 9:36 a.m. Johnson walked into the Racetrac gas station located at 1202 Townsgate Court in Plant City and cashed one of the stolen scratch off tickets. Investigation by detectives resulted in the identification of Paul Johnson, who resides in Winter Haven, Florida. Johnson was located and taken into custody.
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