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Law and Order: Gary woman charged with stealing 8,000 lottery tickets

Updated: January 8, 2014 6:11AM


Woman charged with
stealing 8,000 lottery tickets

A Miller woman is charged with stealing more than $15,000 in lottery tickets from her employer, then cashing in winnings of about $9,200 “to pay off her debts,” court records state.

Candy L. Lucas, 55, of 627 S. Huntington St., is charged with felony theft. She worked at Miller Beach Market Place on Shelby Street for several months this year and was in charge of the lottery ticket sales, the probable cause affidavit states.

The store owner told Sgt. Brian Farrow that she noticed the amount of lottery ticket sales increased more than 10 times in June compared to previous months. She said a friend of Lucas’ came to the business and told her that Lucas had been stealing tickets and provided the owner with some of them.

An Indiana State Lottery investigator talked to Lucas, who admitted she stole about 8,000 tickets and used the money to pay bills, the probable cause affidavit states.

And arrest warrant has been issued for Lucas, who will be held on $10,000 bail when she is arrested.

Deaundra Joshua,43, is also charged with theft for alleging stealing 10 lottery tickets from the same businesses. The two cases are unrelated, court records state.

Glen Park man charged with auto theft

Police arrested a Glen Park man who fled from them, first in a stolen car, then on foot. Warren D. Gates, 19, of 3701 Johnson St., is charged with three counts of auto theft and resisting law enforcement.

The owner of a gray Mazda told Detective Cpl. William Clouse that she left her car parked and running outside a day care center in the 2300 block of West 20th Place on Wednesday morning. While she was inside the center, a man was seen driving away in her car. An owner of the day care began following the stolen car and called police with its location. Patrolman Shanesha Emmons saw the driver, later identified as Gates, stop in the 1700 block of Burr Street and jump out, carrying a purse.

Emmons and Sgt. Lindal Hairston found Gates hiding in a nearby shed.

During the investigation, Patrolman Kwata Osborne located a red Dodge that Gates admitted stealing on Tuesday from the 4000 block of Tyler Street. Gates told police he “wanted to go for a joy ride,” and left the Dodge parked at the Willows apartment complex, where Osborne found it.

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