Police: Man returns to jail after attempting to cash stolen lottery tickets

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police say a 28-year-old James Island man who was released from jail returned to jail on the same day after he attempted to cash in stolen lottery tickets.

The North Charleston Police Department charged Antonio Orlando Simmons with possession of stolen property.

It all started Tuesday morning around 11:15 a.m., when officers were called out to the Sunoco Gas Station at 4390 Dorchester Road in reference to someone attempting to cash in stolen lottery tickets.

The store clerk said that as Simmons attempted to cash lottery tickets, the clerk received a phone call from the South Carolina Lottery Commission telling her that the lottery tickets were stolen during an armed robbery that took place on Sunday.

Officers were able to locate Simmons at a nearby Subway and told police that he attempted to cash the tickets but said that the clerk told him that they were invalid. Simmons also told officers that he had thrown the tickets in a trash can next to a Checkers restaurant.
Authorities checked the trash can but found no tickets. Simmons said that he had turned himself in to authorities on Monday for petit larceny charges and was just released. According to investigators, when Simmons was asked where he got the lottery tickets, he initially said that he got the tickets on Johns Island.

Police say he later stated that he was given the tickets earlier Tuesday morning in front of the Food Lion by a man whom he did not know. According to investigators, while Simmons was in custody they found six lottery tickets in his possession.

Simmons was arrested for two counts of possession of stolen property by the North Charleston Police Department and was locked up at the Charleston County Detention Center.

Officers where also told by the Charleston County Sheriffs Office to place a hold on the suspect because they were also going to charge him with at least two counts of armed robbery.

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