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Alleged Lottery Ticket Thieves Arrested

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Two men who allegedly stole several stacks of lottery tickets Oct. 22 from a Virginia donut shop were bonded Tuesday in Winchester General District Court.

Joshua Aaron Roy, 18, of the 1700 block of Reaves Street, Winchester, was charged on Friday with breaking and entering and receiving stolen property.

His alleged accomplice, Tony Eugene Dehaven Jr., 23, of the first block of Fabric Drive, Bunker Hill, W.Va., was charged Monday with the same offenses.

Winchester General District Court Judge David S. Whitacre said Roy could await his Nov. 17 arraignment outside the Regional Jail if he pays $3,000 bond for each charge.

Whitacre set Dehavens bond at $5,000 for each charge.

Dehaven is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Jan. 7 in Winchester General District Court.

The two men are charged with breaking into the Donut Castle, 674 N. Loudoun St., on Oct. 22 and stealing bundles of Virginia Lottery tickets, said Winchester Police Dept. Lt. Greg Printz.

After allegedly stealing the scratch-off tickets, Printz said, the men redeemed the tickets for their face value at two area convenience stores.

Virginia and West Virginia investigators executed a search warrant on Oct. 24 at Dehavens West Virginia home, court records state.

More than 50 of the stolen, numbered lottery tickets were recovered, Printz said. These were tickets that had no redeemable value.

The case is still under investigation, Printz said, because police are reviewing surveillance tapes from the stores where some tickets were redeemed.

We have no other suspects other than these two, Printz said.

Printz said the Winchester Police Department, the Frederick County Sheriffs Office, and other agencies worked with the Virginia Lottery Commission to arrest Roy and Dehaven.

As I understand it, Virginia Lottery tickets are coded, Printz said, so they are traceable upon redemption.

Because the investigation is ongoing, Printz said no further information can be released.

Anyone with additional information about this case can call Winchester Police Investigator Mark Bush at 662-4131 or Crime Solvers at 722-5200.

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