The theft on June
12 of lottery tickets from the Luke’s One Stop at U.S. Highway 20 and Ind.
149 has led to the arrest of three Chicago residents, Burns Harbor Police
Ellia Jones, 59,
William Jones, 64, and Isaiah D. Taylor, 19, have all been charged with
theft, following an “intense investigation,” police said.
police, at 5:59 p.m. June 12 officers were dispatched to the Luke’s One Stop
after the manager there advised that “several subjects came in and stole
numerous amounts of lottery tickets.” Those three--Jones, Jones, and
Taylor--“were a short time later located,” taken into custody, and
transported to Porter County Jail.
subsequently determined, “with the assistance of the Indiana Lottery,” that
the three are also suspects in similar thefts perpetrated elsewhere in
Indiana earlier this year, police said.
“It was discovered
that these subjects would steal scratch-off tickets from various locations,
then cash the stolen tickets at other locations,” police said. “After the
cashing in of the tickets, they would then brazenly enter business’
restricted areas and steal more tickets and sometimes employee personal
items. In most locations there is video surveillance coverage of their