Man accused of stealing gas station arcade winner's $3,000 cash prize

Man accused of stealing gas station arcade winner’s $3,000 cash prize

(As originally published, Fri, January 26th 2024)

MANHEIM TOWNSHIP, Pa. (TND) — The big-time winner of a “skills game” at a gas station convenience store thought locking their cash prize in their car would keep it safe. They were wrong.

Police near Lancaster, Pa., said they got the report of a theft after the winner put $3,000 in winnings “in a satchel with other valuable property, and secured it in a vehicle.

“The victim then returned inside and continued to play the games.

“Later, when they exited the building, they found the front passenger side window shattered and the satchel missing.

“The total value of the satchel and its contents was $3,875.50, and it is estimated to cost $390 to repair the broken window.”

According to police, “The victim believed a male known to him only as ‘Miguel’ was possibly responsible.”

Man accused of stealing gas station arcade winner's $3,000 cash prize
Miguel Shawn Harris was charged with theft by unlawful taking, theft from a motor vehicle, and criminal mischief, Jan. 8, 2024. (Manheim Twp. Police Dept.)

That may not have been the best of leads, but authorities got security footage from the Sunoco which showed a man, later identified as Miguel Shawn Harris, “at the passenger side of the victim’s vehicle several times.

“Once, he appeared to duck as though reaching into the vehicle and then walked off quickly.”

Miguel Harris was charged with theft by unlawful taking, theft from a motor vehicle, and criminal mischief.

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