UPDATE: Man arrested for stealing over $1000 in lottery tickets
UPDATE: Whitfield County police said multiple tips helped them identify a man that stole lottery tickets. Tuesday afternoon, Jason C. Brock, 38, was arrested in Gordon County.
Monday evening multiple residents called in identifying the suspect as Brock.
Investigators in Dalton contacted Gordon County Sheriff's Office with information that Brock was staying at a Calhoun motel.
Gordon County located Brock and held him until Dalton County detectives could take him into custody and back to Whitfield County Jail.
Brock is charged with one count of burglary.
ORIGINAL STORY: Dalton Police are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a man that stole more than $1,000 worth of lottery tickets.
The man hid inside a convenience store until after closing time. The incident was recorded on the store's surveillance system.
Dalton Police said the burglary happened on September 21st at the BP gas station on West Walnut Avenue.
Officers responded to the scene after a silent alarm was triggered and found the door of the business unlocked.
The owner checked his inventory of lottery tickets and found that 122 tickets were missing, valuing at $1,120.
Dalton police officers reviewed the surveillance tapes and a white male enter the store shortly after 8:00 P.M. and stayed in the store's bathroom until 9:10 P.M.
The suspect walked around the store before hiding behind some coolers in the back of the store where he stayed until the gas station closed.
Police said around 10:45 P.M. he crawled on the floor in the back of the store to the counter area. He remained on the floor besides briefly grabbing lottery tickets, which he then scratched off the tickets for an hour and half.
When the suspect was finished he put the tickets into a bag and crawled on the floor to the back of the store before exiting.
The suspect is described as a white male, bald and wearing a black brace on his left wrist. The suspect appears to have a tattoo on his left arm in the bicep area. He appeared to walk with a slight limp. Investigators have determined that he may have panhandled in the area of the I-75 ramps on Walnut Avenue in the past.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to please contact Detective Brian Shirley at 706-278-9085.