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Police: Mother, daughter arrested for lottery ticket theft; husband will turn himself in

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LONGVIEW, WA (KPTV) -

A Longview mother and daughter were arrested after being caught stealing thousands of dollars in lottery tickets.

Cowlitz Sheriff Deputies said they were contacted by Dave Brar, owner of Boondox Market in Longview, in January. Brar said he caught an employee, Wendy Anne Johnson, 55, stealing lottery tickets on video.

Store video also showed Johnson's husband and daughter in on the scheme. 

Johnson and her husband, Rory D Johnson, 53, were seen on video multiple times taking books of $20 scratch tickets from the register draw and scratching off the bar codes and then scanning them to see if they were winners and then cashed in the winning tickets.

An investigation showed that Rory and Wendy took over $27,400 worth of lottery tickets between December 2014 and January 2015.

Surveillance video also shows Wendy giving her daughter Carlie Marie Johnson, 21, free groceries and cash from the register.

Deputies said it is estimated that Wendy gave Carlie $3,753 in cash and almost $1,281 in groceries. Rory also is estimated to have received $3,509 in cash.

Boondox Market's estimated total loss between December 2014 and January 2015 is at least $35,943.

Wendy and Carlie were arrested and taken to the Cowlitz County Jail and charged with first degree organized retail theft.

Deputies said they have talked to Rory who said he will turn himself in on Thursday.

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