A former employee of Al’s Market on Lee Street in Forsyth has been charged with stealing more than $16,000 in lottery tickets from the store.
Javis Stewart, 37, of Forsyth, was arrested on Jan. 6 and charged with felony theft by taking. Inv. Alexander Daniels said that Umair Saher, owner of the Shell station at 275 N. Lee Street, called authorities to report the thefts, which he said took place during the month of December.
Daniels said the Georgia Lottery Corp. investigated and found evidence supporting the claim that $16,553 in tickets were stolen. He said he doesn’t know if Stewart additionally stole winnings from the tickets. Daniels said 5-foot-10, 465-pound Stewart was playing the lottery while he was supposed to be clerking the store. Daniels said Stewart admitted to doing it.
Stewart formerly worked as a substitute teacher in Monroe County schools until this newspaper reported that he had earlier pled first offender to child molestation as a Bibb County substitute teacher.