DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. - Authorities are asking the public to help identify a man and woman suspected of stealing lottery tickets from several stores in the Denver metro area.
Earlier this month, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a report of a man who had somehow stolen lottery tickets from behind a store's counter.
Investigators learned that similar thefts have occurred in unincorporated Arapahoe County, Greenwood Village, Parker, Centennial and Highlands Ranch. The Colorado Lottery Investigations Office has joined the investigation with the sheriff's office.
"We don't know how they're being taken, other than they're being taken from behind the counter," said Deputy Chad Teller, spokesman for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Lottery ticket thefts are not unusual. But the size and scope of this scheme is drawing lottery officials' attention.
"We don't hear of this situation that much," said Tom Cargal of the Colorado Lottery.
Sheriff's officials released store surveillance photos of the suspects on Thursday.
One suspect is a white man in his 30s or 40s, who weighs 185 to 240 pounds and has short dark hair. The other suspect is a white woman in her 20s. She stands about 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 135 to 150 pounds and has blond hair that might be a wig.
The pair may be traveling in a newer model black four-door sedan, possibly a Hyundai Elantra.
Colorado Lottery tickets cost from $1 up to $20. Prizes for scratchers range from $1 to $1 million.
Lottery officials say they have a tracking system for tickets and larger prizes must be claimed in person.
If you can identify the suspects or have any additional information on these cases, please contact Douglas County sheriff's Investigator T. Krebs at 303-759-6824 with information or contact your local law enforcement agency.