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Lottery tickets stolen in two area break-ins

Published February 22. 2011 05:00PM

For the second straight night, a burglary has occurred at a Panther Valley convenience store.

Last night at 11:04 p.m., vandalism and thefts occurred at Pappy's Mini Mart along Route 209 in Coaldale. Taken were lottery tickets.

On Sunday night or early Monday morning, a rock was tossed through the window of the Switchback Mini Mart along Route 902 in Summit Hill. Entry to the premises was made and lottery tickets were stolen.

Summit Hill Chief of Police Joseph Fittos said of the two break-ins, "The M.O. (mode of operations) appears to be the same" in both incidents.

The Switchback burglary was discovered by a Morning Call newspaper delivery driver. He reported the broken window to the Carbon County Communications Center after discovering it at 2:58 a.m.

Police noted that efforts were made this morning to cash in stolen lottery tickets.

At about 6 a.m., individuals tried to cash-in tickets at Leffler's Mini Mart along Route 903 (North Street) in Jim Thorpe.

An hour or two later, individuals reportedly fitting the same description tried cashing in tickets at the Carbon Mini Mart along Route 209 (First and Iron Street) in Lehighton.

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