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Kentuckiana's Dumbest Criminals: Woman allegedly cashes in stolen lottery tickets

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (WDRB)-- She had dozens of winning lottery tickets, but ended up a big-time loser.

You would think that anyone with that many winning lottery tickets must have hit the jackpot, but that wasn't the case.  Police say the only thing she hit was this store window with her car.

The thief crashed through the doors of a convenience store on Newburg Road near the Watterson Expressway in a red Monte Carlo.

"It was very surprising because it was very good footage of the actual vehicle itself and then obviously of her not being covered; it was very good video, and I haven't seen anything like that," said LMPD Det. Justin Aubrey.

Det. Aubrey says the woman in the video is 25-year-old Cherell Gibson.  "I don't know if it was something that was an opportunity that was in front of her or if it's something where she thought it out but didn't think about the cameras, you know, I'm not sure."

After crashing through the window, the thief walks in, puts a scarf around the top of her head, grabs lottery tickets off the counter and leaves. She even gets stuck in the door for a second, but it doesn't end here.

Sam Ramahi manages a west Louisville gas station and talked to us several months ago.

"They had one too many tickets. Normally when a customer comes in to redeem a tickets they normally just have one or two but they had like over two hundred tickets in their hands," Ramahi said.

Police say hours later, Gibson tried to cash the tickets in at Ramahi's gas station on Algonquin Parkway, but right away, employees knew something wasn't right.

"We cashed the tickets for them at first but then when she's still cashing more tickets, we end up calling police," Ramahi explained.

That's when police released the video to the media.  And it wasn't long before Gibson's luck ran out.

"It was very fast that I got some responses from the crime tip line and all of the tips were of the same person's last name," said Det. Aubrey.

Det. Aubrey also says Gibson walking into the store and cashing the tickets made his job a lot easier.  "You know, it gave me a lot of information to use as a resource to try to locate who she was."

And in the end, the winning lottery tickets probably won't be enough to cover Gibson's legal bills.  "I think the proceeds from the tickets that were cashed were around $200 dollars," said Det. Aubrey.

Among other things, Gibson is charged with third degree burglary and unlawful access with a computer. 

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