Rock Hill store employee charged with lottery fraud

Bailey Rock Hill Police

A Rock Hill convenience store employee is accused of stealing lottery tickets from the business just one day after he started working there, according to the Rock Hill Police Department.

James Murray Bailey Jr., 29, was charged with two counts of lottery fraud and one count of breach of trust with fraudulent intent, according to jail records. He was placed in the city jail and was released Wednesday under $5,000 bond.

Officers met with the manager of the 7-Eleven on Oakland Avenue, who told them that on Oct. 6, he realized eight S.C. Education Lottery tickets were missing, according to a police report. The tickets were valued at $80, and the manager said he reviewed security footage from the previous 24 hours.

Bailey, who began his employment with the store on Oct. 5, was seen on surveillance footage at the lottery ticket dispensers multiple times throughout his shift on Oct. 6, “with no apparent reason to be around the equipment,” police say. The manager told police that when he confronted Bailey, he told the manager “he was trying to organize the area and accidentally ripped off eight tickets.”

Bailey told the manager he immediately threw the tickets in the trash, the report states. The manager noticed an entire book of lottery tickets, valued at $300, was also missing from the store.

The manager told police he terminated Bailey’s employment.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala