Kentucky woman accused of breaking into stores to steal lottery tickets

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A woman from Louisville, Kentucky was arrested last Thursday after police said she had broken into over three dozen businesses over a four-month period in order to steal lottery tickets and other merchandise.

Investigators say that between April 19 and August 24, Telnesha Brown, an 18-year-old, and a juvenile accomplice broke into 37 businesses in the Louisville area.

18-year-old Telnesha Brown arrested in Louisville, Kentucky, for stealing lottery tickets
18-year-old Telnesha Brown

According to court documents, police stated that in “most cases,” Brown and her accomplice would break into the businesses by smashing the gla*s. They would then proceed to steal the lottery tickets and other merchandise.Investigators said Brown and his accomplice would then use a mobile app to scan the tickets before cashing them in.

Police said last Thursday that they were notified of a burglary at a local store, AAA Food Mart, on Taylorsville Road,where lottery tickets were stolen. Later, the police were notified that the tickets were being cashed in at Shorty’s Food Mart on West Broadway.

Upon arriving at Shorty’s Food Mart, the police witnessed Brown’s accomplice getting into a black Jeep Cherokee. Police initiated a traffic stop on Dixie Highway and discovered that Brown was the driver. Court documents stated that Brown had a firearm concealed in her waistband and attempted to escape from the police during the traffic stop. She reversed her vehicle and collided with a police vehicle.

Investigators said that Brown confessed to being part of a group of six individuals who conspired to commit multipleburglaries over a span of four months. They stole merchandise valued at over $123,000.

Brown is charged with 37 counts of complicity to burglary, 37 counts of complicity to criminal mischief, one count of complicity to engaging in organized crime, and one count of complicity in receiving stolen property.

Brown remains in the Louisville Metro Corrections.

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