A north central Iowa woman has been accused of taking thousands of dollars worth of lottery tickets from her employer. Police say they arrested 41-year-old Gail Crooks of Charles City last week.

She’s accused of taking more than $8,000 worth of Iowa Lottery tickets while working at Hy-Vee Gas in Charles City. Crooks has been charged with embezzlement, a Class D felony, which if found guilty could land Crooks in prison for up to five years.

By Bob Fisher, KRIB/KLSS, Mason City