Benton County jury finds former Circle K employee guilty of stealing lottery tickets

Benton County

KENNEWICK, Wash. — It only took Benton County jurors an hour and 20 minutes of deliberation to find a Circle K employee from the Tri-Cities guilty of a theft charge for stealing lottery tickets from his employer and in turn, Washington’s Lottery.

According to a public statement issued by the Benton County Prosecutor’s Office, Jeremy Serr was convicted of second-degree theft on May 18, 2022. Evidence shared in court showed that Serr stole more than $2,000 worth of lottery tickets over a month-long period.

In fact, Serr was accused of taking whole books of tickets from the Circle K location where he was formerly employed. He then cashed those same tickets in at various businesses across Kennewick, according to the Benton County Prosecutor.

An investigation was conducted in cooperation between Circle K, Washington’s Lottery, and the Kennewick Police Department. The evidence from this case was presented and outlined by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Craig Swenson.

In Washington state, second-degree theft is designated as a Class C Felony. Theft is classified as second-degree if the value of the item(s) stolen lay between $750 and $5,000.

Generally, the maximum sentence that can be placed on someone found guilty of second-degree theft is five years in prison in addition to a fine of $10,000.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued if further details are publically revealed.

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