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Lady Luck frowns on lottery ticket thefts

Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 10:27 am

Thirty-year-old Anthony Lee Brooks of Louisa has never been in trouble with the law before—not even for a parking ticket.

But in Louisa County Circuit Court on Thursday, Oct. 10, he plead guilty and accepted a plea agreement with the Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office to avoid a maximum prison term of 20 years for his role in the theft of lottery tickets.

On Valentine’s Day, Brooks waited across the road from the Crescent Inn while his brother, Michael Christopher Ragland, 23, also of Louisa, went inside the Crossroads Market & Deli on Three Notch Rd. in Zion Crossroads and stole lottery tickets.

The next day, Ragland sent Brooks into the Sheetz gas station in Zion Crossroads to cash in winning lottery tickets.  After Brooks walked out with less than $200 in winnings, Ragland went into the store to cash in the remaining winning tickets totalling more than $200.

Brooks was arrested by the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office on March  5 on charges of breaking and entering and grand larceny. He was cooperative with law enforcement and, 17 days later, Ragland was arrested on charges of breaking and entering, grand larceny and two misdemeanor counts of obtaining money under false pretenses.

To read the entire story, see the Oct. 17 edition of The Central Virginian.