AN Orange man who tried to cash lottery tickets stolen from the Millthorpe Newsagency has been placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond.
Graeme John Hinchcliffe, 29, of Wakeford Street, appeared in Orange Local Court for sentence on a charge of dealing with the proceeds of crime.
Unknown offenders broke into the Millthorpe Newsagency in the early hours of September 10 by forcing the front door open.
They stole $2650 in cash, 40 cartons of cigarettes and about 100 instant scratchie lottery tickets.
The total value of the stolen goods was $6891.
The owner of the shop, who was asleep upstairs, heard a noise and came down to find the property had been stolen.
The break-in was reported to police and NSW Lotteries.
An attendant at the BP Service Station in Orange made a report to police at 2.55am that a man in possession of a large amount of cash had made a purchase.
Police reviewed CCTV footage and identified Hinchcliffe.
The next day, Hinchcliffe went to TJ’s Newsagency in Summer Street with other people accused in the matter and attempted to cash several Scratchies.
They were again caught on security camera and police found 17 scratchies in the bin outside the newsagency.
A further 84 were found in a bin at the front of Hinchcliffe’s home when police went to arrest him.
Hinchcliffe was initially charged with the break and enter but denied any involvement and the charge was later withdrawn.