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Iowa City woman gambles on lottery ticket theft, gets busted

IOWA CITY — An Iowa City woman discovered your chances of winning don’t increase when you steal your lottery ticket.

Iowa City police said Nicole Haman, 47, of Iowa City, entered Fast Break, 2580 Naples Ave., around 8:38 p.m. Christmas Eve using a key after the store was closed. Haman deactivated the convenience store’s alarm system and entered the safe under the cashier counter, police said.

Iowa City Police Sgt. Derek Frank confirmed Haman was an Fast Break employee at the time of the break-in.

Police said video surveillance footage showed Haman taking two lottery books worth $300 each from the safe, as well as $400 in cash.

Haman was arrested and booked at the Johnson County Jail Thursday night.

She faces charges of third-degree burglary and theft of a lottery ticket, both Class D felonies, and fourth-degree theft, a serious misdemeanor. If convicted, Haman faces up to 11 years in prison.

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