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Owen woman accused of stealing lottery tickets from station

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By The Staff

Two women have been accused of stealing lottery tickets from a Ghent gas station.
According to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, Anissa K. Otter, 28, 300 Hwy. 227 in New Liberty, and Wilma R. “Renee” Jones, 32, 307 Lewis Street in Ghent, went to the Ghent Cowboys station on the evening of Feb. 19.
Police said the pair went into the store to pay for gas.
Carroll County Deputy Sheriff J.T. Shaw said Otter stayed in the store and the cashier went to the bathroom while Otter was in the store.
The counter was left unattended and Otter allegedly took several $5, $10 and $20 lottery tickets off the reels. She left the store and went to Jones’ car.
Jones then returned to the store and purchased some items to prevent the cashier from becoming suspicious, according to Shaw.
The women left the store and went to Jones’ home. They scratched all the lottery tickets and hid the losing tickets in a coffee table. The winners were cashed at other locations that are not being disclosed by police.
Shaw received a call from the gas station manager on Feb. 20 regarding the theft. The cashier was able to identify Jones and Otter as the only people in the store.
Upon investigation, the losing lottery tickets were found in Jones’ home. She was arrested Feb. 27 for theft by unlawful taking under $500, a class A misdemeanor.
Otter was arrested Feb. 26 on the same charge.