'That's not you; it's me'

Clerk at Flamingo's is handed her own stolen ID by woman seeking alcohol

A clerk working at a Flamingo's was shocked when she asked to see the identification of a young woman buying alcohol and was handed her own driver's license, which had been stolen at the business the month before, Medford police said.

The clerk's purse was stolen from the lottery outlet at 1205 Stewart Ave., Medford, on Aug. 5 when a man stopped up a toilet with his sock to distract her, then made off with 22 lottery tickets and the purse, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.

Investigators arrested Tyler Lee Hughes, 31, Aug. 15 in connection with that crime and an Aug. 12 break-in at a Flamingo's lottery outlet at 446 Highland Drive in which the burglar took an undisclosed number of lottery tickets.

On Oct. 3, Hughes pleaded guilty to charges of first- and second-degree burglary, identity theft and possession of methamphetamine related to those and other cases earlier in the year, court records show.

At the time of his arrest, Hughes said he did not know what happened to the woman's purse he took from the Stewart Avenue Flamingo's.

On Sept. 30, a woman described as about 5 feet 3 inches tall, 120 pounds with missing front teeth and tattoos on her collarbone and forearm came into the Flamingo's. When the clerk asked to see the woman's identification she was handed her own identification.

Police reported that the shocked clerk said, "That's not you; it's me," and asked the woman how she got the license.

The woman said she was going to go look for the purse and ran out of the store, Budreau said.

Police are still looking for her and ask anyone with information to call investigators at 541-774-2200.


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