A Blair woman is wanted for stealing lottery tickets from a Blair convenience store, where she was an employee.
A warrant was issued Dec. 4 for Anita M. Derevjagin, 48. She is charged with theft, $1,500-$4,999, a Class 4 felony.
An affidavit supporting an arrest warrant was written by Deputy State Sheriff Darrin Kremer of the Nebraska Department of Revenue.
According to the affidavit, authorities were alerted that a pack of Nebraska Lottery scratch tickets, which contained 100 tickets, were stolen Oct. 16. The pack was unopened and had not yet been activated. Total cost of the pack was $300.
The manager of the store told investigators that Derevjagin stole the pack from the store's safe. Surveillance video showed Derevjagin in the office near where the lottery tickets are stored. However, she turned off the lights before allegedly stealing the tickets.
On Oct. 19, Kremer reported that he received an email that two of the stolen tickets had been scanned at another convenience store in Blair. The person who tried to cash the tickets claimed he found them in a driveway, which authorities determined was where Derevjagin lives.
On Oct. 29, Kremer interviewed Derevjagin, who denied taking the tickets. She claimed she didn't know where the lottery tickets were kept and had been in the office looking for a pair of gloves to go in a freezer.