Unlucky lottery ticket punches man’s ticket into court

Josh Pennell
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Glen Taylor found guilty on two counts of possession of stolen property

It may not be as complicated as DNA, but the specific number found on each scratch lottery ticket was unique enough for one man to be found in possession of stolen property.

The case against Glen Taylor was recently heard in provincial court. It dealt with a robbery that took place on the evening of Feb. 19, 2013 at the Canadian Tire Gas Bar in Mount Pearl.

A person was described by the employee working the cash as wearing a one-piece black snow suit and carrying a blue knife with a nine-inch blade.

The man left with a garbage bag of about $700 cash, some cigarettes and several hundred dollars worth of scratch tickets. The man’s face was covered and he couldn’t be identified, however video footage showed him leaving the gas bar and being picked up in a car similar to Taylor’s — a red, four-door sedan.

Taylor ended up being implicated in the robbery when a friend of his — James Coady — was arrested for an unrelated matter the day after the gas bar robbery.

When questioned by police about the robbery, Coady said he was with Taylor in his car on the night of the robbery. When Taylor got out and headed for the gas bar, Coady said he got into the driver’s seat and drove around waiting for him to come out.

Taylor got into the car and said that he had robbed the gas station. Coady said he had a black garbage bag with him, and it contained money, cigarettes and some lottery scratch tickets.

However when Coady took the stand he refused to respond to any of counsel’s questions and denied any memory of the events of Feb. 19, claiming he was drunk and stoned during that period.

When Taylor testified on his own behalf, like Coady, he could remember that he was on booze and drugs, but nothing else about the period in question. He said on the 19th, he was drinking and taking Percocet with Coady and another man.

He testified that he had no memory of being at the gas bar or being in his car in the parking lot near the gas bar.

There was surveillance video which showed Taylor cashing in scratch lottery tickets at Coleman’s grocery store and Lawtons Drugs in Mount Pearl,  and the number on those tickets proved they were the ones stolen from the gas bar.

Taylor admitted to cashing them in and said that the tickets were in the back seat of his car. The day after the robbery, Taylor said Coady was driving his car while he was in the back seat where he found the tickets.

He said he thought another friend of theirs had bought them and left them there, so he took them to cash in to buy some food and booze.

Taylor couldn’t be identified as positively having committed the crime, but he could be identified as  being in possession of the spoils from it.

The armed robbery charge against Taylor was dismissed.

He was found guilty of two counts of knowingly being in possession of stolen property under $5,000.


Organizations: Canadian Tire Gas Bar

Geographic location: Mount Pearl

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