Lottery tickets stolen in Norfolk led to arrest of robbery suspect

Posted at 4:46 PM, Jun 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-22 18:05:17-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Stolen lottery tickets led to the arrest of an alleged robber in Norfolk.

The robbery happened on March 6.

Police surrounded the 7-Eleven near 38th Street and Colley Avenue, where they said a robber pulled out a gun and took cash and lottery tickets.

This particular 7-Eleven has been robbed several times.

Anthony Jacobs is part owner of the Shangri- La Glass Tobacco shop located nearby and is tired of reports of violence.

“Back when I was a kid, people didn’t do the things they do today," Jacobs said.

Although no one got hurt in the robbery, police started investigating and officials with the Virginia Lottery started tracking the stolen tickets.

Court records indicate that two winning tickets were cashed in at a Wawa in Petersburg and a 7-Eleven in Wakefield. Four hours later, there were two failed attempts to cash two more.

Police arrested Joshua Mason in Petersburg two weeks after the robbery.

“Karma is going to get you every time,” said Jacobs. “I’m glad to know the cops are out doing their job. That shows they're doing their job; they caught them."

Mason is out on bond and has court coming up on July 7.