A Niagara Falls man was charged with grand larceny after being accused of stealing $1,900 worth of scratch off New York lottery tickets from a 7-Eleven store where he worked, City of Tonawanda police said Tuesday.
Lawrence Janese III, 26, of Porter Road was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny. The lottery tickets were allegedly stolen May 25 from a store in the City of Tonawanda. Detectives said some of the stolen tickets were cashed at convenience stores in Niagara Falls.
Officers found Janese at a convenience store on Portage Road on Monday night. Police said he admitted to the theft and said he had "financial issues."
Police said Janese was being held in custody for arraignment in court Tuesday.