Sartell man charged with stealing lottery scratch-offs

Andrew Justin Nagel, 24, Sartell, was charged Feb. 12, with one count of theft of public funds by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff.

On Oct. 20, 2012, the Little Falls Police Department learned of the theft of  scratch-off tickets from a local bar.

An employee told the officer that a customer of the bar told her Nagel had taken something from behind the bar. She then asked Nagel to empty his pockets and several lottery tickets fell out. He left the bar.

When found, Nagel allegedly told officers he did take the tickets, knew it was wrong and was going to put them back.

On Oct. 22, the owner of the bar told officers more lottery scratch-off tickets, numbered three – 10, were missing and that the tickets numbered 11 – 14 were the ones recovered from Nagel when the bartender confronted him.

The owner also told officers he was notified by the State Lottery that three of the missing tickets were cashed in at another establishment. The value of the tickets was $65.

On Oct. 23, a video was provided showing a person matching the description of Nagel cashing the tickets.

If convicted, Nagel faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.