WATERLOO – A Janesville man who allegedly led police on a chase and took returnable cans from volunteer firefighters has been arrested for allegedly stealing lottery tickets from Waterloo stores.
Nicholas Jay Schwartz, 28, of 407 W. Third St., was arrested Wednesday on six counts of lottery ticket theft in connection with a Black Hawk County case where he allegedly took tickets from BP Crossroads on Mitchell Avenue and BP on Jefferson Street on Oct. 19 and Casey’s General Store on Ranchero Road on Oct. 20.
Court records allege he entered the businesses and selected a number of tickets he wanted to buy and then handed the clerks used tickets to see if they were winners. When the clerks checked the used tickets, Schwartz allegedly left the stores with the new tickets and later redeemed them at another store.
At the time of his arrest, Schwartz was already in jail on eluding charges stemming from a Nov. 14 chase in Bremer County where he allegedly refused to pull over after a deputy saw him speeding on Dusty Avenue. The pursuit ended when Schwartz struck a tree near a driveway, and authorities allegedly found he was carrying a knife, court records state.
Bremer County authorities have also filed fifth-degree theft charges against Schwartz for allegedly taking bags of cans from the donation bin at the Frederika Fire Department on Oct. 5 and Oct. 19. The incidents were recorded on a surveillance video that allegedly shows Schwartz placing the bags in a vehicle and driving away.
He is also charged with fifth-degree theft in a similar scheme at the Hy-Vee gas station on University Avenue in Cedar Falls.