Deputies make arrest in case of stolen lottery tickets

Mar. 28, 2013 @ 05:11 PM

Vance County deputies arrested a Henderson man on six theft-related felony charges, confirming the case is linked to recent smash-and-grab incidents targeting lottery tickets.

Clarence Seward Jr., 41, was one of several who made attempts to cash stolen lottery tickets at Henderson area stores this week, according to a statement from Sheriff Peter White. More charges against Seward and others are possible.

According to White, Seward broke in at the On the Mark BP convenience store on Bearpond Road March 17 and at the North Garnett Street Rose Mart on Saturday.

For each incident, Seward stands charged with counts of breaking and entering, larceny and having stolen goods, totaling six felonies, plus two misdemeanor vandalism counts and an outstanding warrant charging failure to appear in court.

According to arrest records, investigators accompanied Seward through a magistrate judge’s hearing. With bond set at $61,300, they placed Seward in Vance County Jail pending a District Court hearing scheduled for April 29.

White’s statement indicated evidence was found and seized at Seward’s residence connecting him to the recent break-ins in Vance County. Money and lottery tickets were recovered.

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