Ferndale police are asking for the public's help to find the man who was caught on surveillance stealing a book of instant lottery tickets at a gas station last Sunday.
Police say the man went into the BP gas station on 8 Mile near Hilton Road, distracted the clerk and then grabbed a book of about 30 Wild Time Gold instant lottery tickets. He paid for pop and chips before leaving in a black Jeep Cherokee, according to police.
The man then reportedly tried to cash a winning ticket at a BP gas station on 7 Mile in Detroit and was unsuccessful.
The suspect is described as a black male, about 25 to 30 years old, stocky with a well-groomed beard. He was reportedly wearing green pants, a plaid shirt, a Detroit Tigers jacket with "Pelle Pelle Detroit 1701" on the back, a green Detroit Tigers baseball cap with a sticker still on the bill, and sneakers.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 248-541-3650.