Bellefonte woman steals lottery tickets, wins over $4,000

From staff reports

BELLEFONTE — Donna Hepfer, 55, of Bellefonte, has been charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and retail theft, after she allegedly stole 25 packs of lottery tickets from May 1 to June 11, while employed at Bellefonte Mart, Bellefonte police report.

Police said she stole $6,990 of lottery tickets and won $4,435 — bringing the total thefts to $11,425.

Saying she has a gambling problem, Hepfer told police she stole the tickets because she needed the money to live, to support her gambling habits, to support a friend with depression, to support her family and to pay for heating fuel.

Following arraignment by District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker, who set monetary bail at $10,000, Hepfer was transported to the Centre County Correctional Facility.