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Man drops in through roof to steal lottery tickets

Posted: 6:48 AM, Jul 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-20 20:34:51Z
Man drops in through roof in lottery theft
Man drops in through roof in lottery theft
Man drops in through roof in lottery theft

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Detectives have arrested Kevin Croft, 30, after authorities claim he was seen in surveillance images burglarizing a convenience store by dropping in through the roof.

It happened around 1 a.m. Wednesday in Lee County, Florida.

According to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, surveillance video showed a suspect dropping into the store through the roof before going to the register area and shoving dozens of lottery tickets into his pants.

Deputies arrived to find that the suspect cut through the plywood and shingled roof to get inside.

He is described as a white male, between 20 and 30 years of age, with an athletic build.  He was clean shaven and has a short crew cut style haircut.

Croft was booked into the Lee County Jail Thursday afternoon and faces charges of burglary, grand theft, and criminal mischief/property damage. It's the 21st booking for Croft, who is also a registered convicted felon. His criminal past includes multiple counts of drug use, theft, and battery, among other criminal counts.

He is currently being held on $15,000 bond.