A Greenwood man was arrested Wednesday after investigators say he stole four lottery tickets from a convenience store then cashed a winning ticket at a different store.
Gregory Palmore, 57, of 205 Macedonia Drive, has been charged with two counts of petit larceny and one count of lottery fraud in connection with the incident.
According to reports from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the Hot Spot convenience store located at 3228 U.S. 25 S. just before 1 a.m. on June 16 after receiving a report of a theft. An employee of the store showed deputies a surveillance video of a man, later identified as Palmore, walk up to the counter and tear off several “Cash Spectacular” lottery tickets valued at $10 each. Palmore then walked around the store placing several other items in his pockets before exiting the store and getting into a cab.
According to the report, deputies met with the cab driver who could not remember the address but recalled that he dropped the man off in McKellar Farms. The cab driver took deputies to McKellar Farms and sowed them the house where he dropped off Palmore earlier that day. Deputies made contact with an elderly woman at the home who positively identified Palmore from a photo and said he was her son. Deputies asked the woman if she was sure and the woman confirmed that Palmore was her son, saying she was “Not going to lie for him.”
According to the report, deputies were contacted by an agent with the State Law Enforcement Division on June 20 concerning the stolen lottery tickets. The SLED agent told deputies that two of the stolen tickets had been cashed in for a total of $20 at the Bi-Lo grocery store located on the U.S. 25 Bypass. Deputies went to the store where they observed surveillance video showing Palmore cashing in the tickets just minutes after leaving the Hot Spot. Palmore met with deputies on June 23 and provided a statement. He was subsequently arrested.