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Couple charged with three break-ins
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A deputy hit the jackpot Wednesday when he walked into a local convenience store and saw two suspects wanted for burglary cashing in lottery tickets they had stolen just hours earlier.

Eric Lee Rogers, 26, and Ashley Jean West, 29, both of Rebel Hill Street, have been arrested and face more than 10 charges for breaking into three stores and vandalizing another early Wednesday morning.

“Deputy Jared Jacobs walked into The Smoke Shop and he noticed them cashing in lottery tickets,” said Sheriff’s Department chief investigator Marc Martin. “He recognized the guy as the one from surveillance video so he went over and encountered them.”

Officers were looking for the driver of a dark Chevy Trail Blazer with a broken tail light after three stores were burglarized. The stores suffering break-ins were Country Club Market on Manchester Highway, and Medley’s Market and Wanamaker’s Market, both on Beersheba Highway in the Irving College area. The Medley’s store in Viola was vandalized, but the suspects left before gaining entry.

The break-ins began around 3 a.m. Wednesday. Country Club Market was hit and had an estimated $6,000 worth of lottery tickets stolen along with cigarettes.

At Medley’s Market, an estimated $400 worth of cigarettes was reported stolen.

At Wanamaker’s Market, the only thing reported missing was the hard drive to the surveillance system.
Images of the suspects and their vehicle were captured by surveillance cameras at some of the stores.

After the suspects were encountered inside The Smoke Shop on Sparta Street, deputy Jacobs accompanied them to their vehicle, a Chevy Trail Blazer. In plain sight were a number of packs of cigarettes.

“We were given permission to search the vehicle and found a number of items we believe were taken in the burglaries,” said Martin. “We got a search warrant to search their house on Rebel Hill Street and found the rest of it. We believe we’ve recovered everything that was taken.”

Rogers and West face four counts of vandalism for the damage caused at each store, three counts of theft, and three counts of burglary. West also faces a charge for criminal impersonation.