Three residents rob local eatery; take cash, lotto tickets

Norristown Police have two of three burglars in custody after they tried turning in winning lottery tickets they stole from Alfredo's restaurant on Main Street in Norristown, Pennsylvania. During a May 29 heist, three suspects - one female and two males - broke into the restaurant by prying open a wire gate around a basement window and door. They have been charged with theft crimes including burglary, conspiracy to burglary, criminal trespass and conspiracy to criminal trespass.

The suspects took $200 cash from the register and $400 from a donation jar on the counter. They also absconded with 64 Pennsylvania Lottery scratch off tickets with a face value of $1280. Of course, they could've possibly won more than $1 million from the instant scratch game tickets. They had access to the box of tickets with the use of a key that was hidden inside the restaurant.

Once the Norristown police contacted the lottery commission about the break-in, they were able to obtain all the dates, times and locations where the burglars cashed in the stolen tickets. Police were able to confirm the suspects' identities by surveillance video from stores in Norristown, Philadelphia and Upper Darby.

The female suspect provided a written statement to police regarding her involvement in the theft. As of the date of this news report, one male suspect was still at large.

Their ages are unknown, but hopefully this is the first offense for these defendants. Depending on the strength of the D.A.'s case and the roll that each played in the breaking and entering, each separate person may seek a dismissal of the charges, negotiate a plea that minimizes their penalties, an acquittal if they go to trial, or an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition that enables the offender to avoid jail altogether and eventually clear his or her record.

Source: NorristownPatch, "Alleged Alfredo's Burglars Caught Cashing in Stolen Lottery Tickets," James Myers, July 5, 2012

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