The tobacconist on the run was blocked in Fiumicino after stealing a scratch card worth 500 thousand euros from an elderly customer. The carabinieri of the Stella company reported the man on the loose on charges of theft. Since yesterday, searches have been underway throughout Europe, including borders.
When the trader showed up at Fiumicino airport late yesterday evening with a plane ticket to Fuerteventura, ready to leave Italy, the border police detected the alert on his identity and blocked him.
Contacted the soldiers of the Stella company, the man was formally identified and reported on the loose. He did not have the winning coupon with him. The carabinieri are continuing their searches to find him. Victim of what happened is a 70-year-old woman. For a few minutes she felt the thrill of having won 500,000 euros at the “Scratch and Win”, but then the ticket would have been stolen from the same tobacconist who had sold it to her. The man fled until he was stranded at Fiumicino airport as he was preparing to board a flight to the Canary Islands.
Naples, elderly woman, wins 500 thousand euros in the lottery. But the owner of the tobacconist runs away with the ticket
by Paolo De Luca
04 September 2021
The theft took place on Friday morning in Naples, in the heart of the historic Rione Materdei: the 70-year-old, already a customer of the shop, has just bought two “Scratch and Win” series from the “Double Challenge” series. Spending ten euros. The first card does not give her any winnings, the second makes the old woman rejoice: winnings of 500 thousand euros.
For confirmation, the lady asks an employee of the shop for a ticket to check the ticket. The boy confirms: “Madam, you have won 500 thousand euros”. But then he passes the ticket to the owner of the tobacconist’s shop for further verification and as if nothing had happened he puts the scratch card in his pocket and runs away on his scooter, leaving the employee and customer astonished.
It should be noted that at the moment the man’s charge – GS, 57, with a clean record – no restrictive measures have been issued, so the tobacconist is free to go wherever he wants and in theory, after being reported for theft, he could still leave the country. The man could suffer the revocation of his license by the Customs and Monopolies Agency.