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February 14, 2013

Man threatens with hammer after dispute over gaming ticket

Police are looking for a man who became so upset over an uncashed gaming ticket that he threatened the machine’s owner with a hammer and then shattered a car window with it on Wednesday.

Police are looking for a man who became so upset over an uncashed gaming ticket that he threatened the machine’s owner with a hammer and then shattered a car window with it on Wednesday.

The incident unfolded at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday at the Valero convenience store at 731 N. Ridge Road, Lt. Doug Nolte said. A man came into the store because a computer wasn’t recognizing what the man said was a winning ticket.

The Valero clerk called the owner of the gaming machine, who came to the store and refused to cash in the ticket, saying it was not valid, Nolte said. The man became upset, brought a hammer from his car and threatened the machine owner.

The suspect then left, Nolte said, but as he was driving off he threw the hammer at the machine owner’s car, breaking out the back window. Anyone who witnessed the incident is encouraged to call 911, Nolte said.

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