ORILLIA, Ont. -- Provincial police say they're looking for a man who allegedly stole nearly $1,000 worth of lottery tickets and cigarettes in a five-hour stretch.

They say the spree took place on Wednesday evening in Orillia, Ont.

Police allege the man went to at least six convenience stores between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. and would ask the cashiers for scratch tickets.

They say the man would then select several tickets and run away without paying for them.

Police are now appealing to the public to help identify the man.

Anyone with information is being asked to come forward.