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Cops: Long Island man charged in lottery ticket, vehicle thefts

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A Long Island man stands accused of breaking into two Nassau County businesses to steal scratch-off lottery tickets, cash and a box truck and police say he is also suspected of stealing a utility company vehicle from a yard in Levittown.

Scott Gilmore, 37, of Hicksville, is expected to face a judge Thursday to be arraigned on third-degree burglary, second-degree grand larceny and unauthorized use of a vehicle charges.

According to police, Gilmore broke into the Colony Cards and Gifts store on Merrick Road in Merrick on June 1 and snatched up scratch-off lottery tickets and an unknown amount of cash from the register. Investigators allege that he committed a similar crime on Feb. 11 at the Beverage Barn on Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh when he allegedly pried open the front door and stole lottery tickets and cash. He is also alleged to have stolen and then abandoned a box truck that was parked outside the store.

Detectives said Gilmore is also facing charges for allegedly stealing a utility company van from the PSEG Training Center on Newbridge Road in Levittown in late May. The 1999 Chevrolet van contained tools and copper wire. It was unclear if the vehicle was ever recovered.

Police said Gilmore was arrested Wednesday afternoon by officers from the Nassau County Police Bureau of Special Operations in Amityville. When he was taken into custody, police found he had a warrant issued for a prior burglary, they said.

He will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead.

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