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Gas Station Owner Dies In Confrontation With Alleged Lottery Ticket Thief

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Jefferson Township Gas Station (credit: CBS 2)

Jefferson Township Gas Station (credit: CBS 2)

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JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Morris County prosecutors said a gas station owner was killed when he confronted a lottery ticket thief who then drove off and dragged him onto a highway.

County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said 65-year-old Nisan Ambaroglu of Paramus was helping a customer at the Jefferson Township Gas Station when the incident occurred around 1:15 p.m. Saturday.

After realizing what had happened, Ambaroglu tried to stop the thief from driving off in a sport utility vehicle, but instead was dragged about 100 yards onto Route 15 South.

Ambaroglu, who had owned the gas station for about seven years, was taken to Saint Clare’s Hospital in Dover, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The thief — described as a man in his 20s — remained at large Saturday night. He was last seen in a tan Toyota Highlander around model year 2003 with a luggage rack on top.

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