Deputies: Father and son cash in 53 stolen lottery tickets

Published: Mar. 12, 2013 at 9:42 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 13, 2013 at 12:23 AM EDT
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RAVENEL, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County sheriff's deputies say they have arrested two Adams Run residents who have been cashing in over $700 in stolen lottery tickets between several different stores.

Johnnie F. Hodges Jr., 54, has been charged with two counts of falsely uttering or passing a lottery ticket, while Scott M. Hodges, 20, has been charged with three counts of the same charge.

Deputies say five rolls of SC Lottery tickets were stolen from the D&V Convenience Store located at 8008 Savannah Hwy. on February 22, 2013. The suspects in the burglary were believed to have gained access to the store by squeezing through bars over the front door after shattering the glass.

According to investigators, Johnnie and Scott Hodges cashed in 53 of the stolen lottery tickets at five different stores on Savannah Hwy. in an attempt to avoid getting caught. The tickets were cashed in on the same day they were stolen.

Affidavits state the stolen tickets were tracked by the SC Education Lottery. A list provided to deputies by a lottery representative showed the suspects received $723 after cashing in the stolen tickets.

The father and son combo were busted after detectives were able to use security footage to identify the suspects and their vehicle after they cashed in the stolen tickets.

Deputies are still investigating the convenience store burglary.

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