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- About seven unopened packs of scratch-off tickets and cigarettes were stolen.
- The robber got away with thousands of dollars, too.
- Several other people later cashed the stolen tickets, police said.
Gwinnett police are trying to find a man who assaulted a clerk and stole multiple unopened packs of Georgia Lottery scratch-off tickets from a gas station in unincorporated Snellville.
The robber walked into an Exxon gas station in the 2100 block of Killian Hill Road Nov. 16, placed a black semi-automatic handgun to the employee’s head and demanded he open the registers, Cpl. Michele Pihera said.
The robber then pistol-whipped the employee multiple times in the back of his head even though he complied with the man’s demands, he told police.
The robber got away with the lottery tickets, cigarettes and several thousand dollars, police said.
He carried a brown crossbody bag, and was dressed in a tan coat, a gray and black hoodie, black gloves, dark blue pants and black shoes, Pihera said.
Authorities provided Georgia Lottery investigators with the stolen pack numbers, and lottery officials gave police several locations where the tickets were cashed.
Some cashed the tickets the same day as the robbery, according to police.
One man cashed the tickets wearing a camouflage jacket about 4 p.m. at a Kroger grocery store in the 3000 block of Five Forks Trickum Road, Pihera said.
Three other people went to an Exxon convenience store in the 3500 block of Lee Road to claim their prizes, according to police.
And two more people cashed tickets at the QuikTrip in the 2000 block of Scenic Highway about 6:30 p.m., Pihera said.
Police believe they rode in a silver or gray Pontiac.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Gwinnett police at 770-513-5300 or contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS or crimestoppersatlanta.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for rewards up to $2,000.
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