ONE TINICUM Township pizzeria owner who wanted a piece of his customer's pie conspired with a teenage employee to steal a $2,500 winning lotto ticket the loyal customer had accidentally left behind at the shop, according to Tinicum Township police.
When police searched Anthony's Pizza after the ticket was reported stolen, they allegedly discovered that pizza was not the only way the shop owners were making dough. Prescription drugs and drug-packaging material allegedly were found in the shop. Owner Anthony Vicidomini Sr. and his son, Anthony Vicidomini Jr., sold drugs from the shop, police said yesterday.
On Oct. 11, the 52-year-old victim, who knows the owners of the shop on Governor Printz Boulevard near 1st Avenue, walked in and showed his winning daily lotto ticket worth $2,500 to the Vicidominis and employee Nancy Souders, 18, police said.
He placed his belongings on the counter while grabbing some pizza and a drink and then went to Acme to cash the lotto ticket, police said. When the victim arrived at Acme, he realized he no longer had the ticket and called the shop to check if he'd left it there, police said.
Souders answered the phone and told the victim she saw the ticket in front of her, police said. He told her to hold on to it for him and he'd give her $50 as a reward. However, the victim received a call on his cellphone on his way to the shop from Vicidomini Sr., who told him that Souders had mistaken a receipt for the lotto ticket and that it wasn't there.
The victim came back to the shop anyway and Vicidomini Sr. even let him search through the trash for the ticket, police said.
On Oct. 17, the victim reported the incident to police. Tinicum police received information from the state Lottery Commission on Oct. 23 that the winning ticket had been cashed by Anthony Vicidomini Sr., police said.
Authorities searched the shop the next day and discovered the drugs and packaging material, police said. Vicidomini Jr. also had drugs on his person and in his vehicle, according to police. Police said they learned that Souders had found the ticket and Vicidomini Sr. convinced her to lie to the victim and then split the proceeds with him.
Vicidomini Jr. knew nothing about the stolen lotto ticket and Souders did not participate in any drug sales on the premises, police said.