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 executed a search warrant on Anthony's Pizza as a result of the stolen lotto ticket they allegedly discovered that pizza was not the only way the shop owners were making dough. According to police, prescription drugs and drug packaging material were found in the shop and it's alleged the shop owner, Anthony Vicidomini Sr. and his son, Anthony Vicidomini Jr., sold drugs from the shop.
On Oct. 11, the 52-year-old victim, who knows the owners of the shop on Governor Printz Boulevard near 1st Avenue, walked in to get some pizza and showed off his winning daily lotto ticket worth $2,500 to Vicidomini Sr., Vicidomini Jr. and 18-year-old Nancy Souders, a shop employee, police said.
He placed his belongings on the shop 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 winning lotto ticket and called the shop to check if he'd left it there, police said.
Souders allegedly answered the phone and told the victim she saw the ticket in front of her. 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 cell phone on his way to the shop from Vicidomini Sr., who told him that Souders had mistaken a receipt for the lotto ticket and that the ticket was not 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 and on Oct. 23, Tinicum police received information from the state lottery commission that the winning ticket was cashed and the person who cashed it and provided his identification was Anthony Vicidomini Sr., police said.
On Oct. 24, authorities executed a search warrant at the pizza shop and discovered prescription drugs and drug packaging material inside, police said. Vicidomini Jr. also had drugs on his person and in his vehicle, according to police.
As a result of subsequent investigations, 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 of the ticket with him.
Vicidomini Jr. allegedly knew nothing about the stolen lotto ticket and Souders allegedly did not participate in any drug sales on the premises, police said. She is, however, facing charges for possession of drug paraphernalia for an item police found on her person during the search and she is facing theft charges for the stolen ticket, authorities said.
Both Vicidominis were charged with possession of drugs with the intent to deliver. Vicodomi Sr. was also charged with theft for the lottery ticket.
In the immediate aftermath of the Vicidominis arrests, the pizza shop closed but it has since reopened. No word if the shop's new slogan is "Our pizza is addicting."
When contacted today, the family said they wished to give a statement but needed some more time.