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Deputies: Hudson man tunneled into convenience store for cigarettes and lottery tickets


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Deputies arrested a man Saturday night when, they say, he tunneled through the back wall of a convenience store to steal cigarettes and scratch-off lottery tickets.

Jason Wayne Wooten, 34, used a hammer to chisel through the brick wall of A-1 Discount Beverage at 13508 Hicks Road at about 11:30 p.m,, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. Once inside, the report states, he grabbed several cartons of cigarettes and lottery tickets.

Deputies were called out to the store where they found Wooten trying to wriggle his way out of the hole he'd made and carrying a white trash bag full of loot, the report states.

Wooten, of Hudson, was arrested and taken to Land O'Lakes jail on a charge of burglary.

A-1 Discount Beverage has been broken into several times. The report states Wooten told deputies "he thought he could do the same and not get caught like everyone else."