Racine police say a 19-year-old Kenosha woman is facing a misdemeanor theft charge after stealing money off of winning lottery cards.

Elizabeth Cooper was charged Wednesday with one count of misdemeanor theft in a business setting. If convicted, she faces up to nine months in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, an employee at Open Pantry, 2731 Durand Avenue, told police that another employee – Cooper – was scanning scratched off lottery cards and pocketing the winnings. Cooper’s register cash drawer on Nov. 17 was $40 short, and store records show that she scanned $541 in winning tickets and only cashed out $468.

Police say Cooper was seen on store surveillance video taking lottery scratch cards from from their rolls under the cash register and scratching off the barcode area. She would then scan the barcode and throw away the losing tickets.

Cooper was assigned a $500 signature bond and was still in the Racine County Jail as of Wednesday evening. She will next be in court Jan. 5 for her pre-trial conference.

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