The Ottumwa Courier

March 10, 2014

Woman charged with stealing lottery tickets

By Kyle Ocker
The Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Police say a Cincinnati woman stole lottery tickets from the Centerville convenience store she worked at and cashed the winning tickets at three different area convenience stores.

Amber E. Mathes, 30, of Cincinnati, was arrested on March 4 and charged with three counts of lottery ticket theft, class D felonies, and one count of third degree theft, an aggravated misdemeanor.

A complaint and affidavit filed by Centerville Police Department officer Brian Baum says on Dec. 9, 2013, the owner of Konvenience Korner, located at 1508 S. 18th St in Centerville, reported that an employee might have stolen lottery tickets.

The court filings identify that employee as Mathes.

The complaint and affidavit alleges Mathes stole three packs of Iowa Lottery tickets valued at a combined $900 from Konvinience Korner.

The filing continues to state that Mathes was observed on video surveillance cashing tickets from the three packs reported stolen at Casey’s General Stores in Corydon, Seymour and Centerville.

According to court documents, the winnings of the tickets Mathes was observed cashing came to $30.

Mathes posted bond and was released from jail.

A class D felony in Iowa is punishable by up to five years of imprisonment and a fine between $750 to $7,500 for each conviction. An aggravated misdemeanor is punishable by up to two years of prison, or one year in jail, and a fine of $625 to $6,250 for each conviction.