Richland County authorities continue looking for two suspects who helped themselves to a large number of lottery tickets during a store burglary a couple weeks ago.
It happened early the morning of August 8th at the Blythewood Stop and Shop at 10447 Wilson Boulevard.
Sheriff's Sergeant Curtis Wilson says surveillance video shows suspects wearing masks and gloves wasted little time after they broke in through a front-door window.
“What they did was immediately went to the scratch-off tickets for the South Carolina Education Lottery, took an undetermined amount of tickets – stole them – and fled the scene,” Wilson says.
“And as you can tell in the video, these two individuals were covered up from head to toe so it makes it hard to identify.”
The following morning, a man walked into the AM-PM Food Mart at 7230 Parklane Road in Columbia and attempted to cash some of the stolen lottery tickets.
Surveillance video there shows a second person come in to get the man and they left without cashing any of the tickets.
Authorities thought they had found their burglars.
But Wilson says those “persons of interest” went to the Sheriff's Department Tuesday night after seeing their pictures in the news media, and told investigators they did not steal the lottery tickets but found them.