An Austell man was denied bond Friday after his arrest on multiple charges with three different agencies in connection with break-ins and thefts of lottery tickets from three stores in the county.
Richard Aleph Wright, 24, faces multiple charges from Oakwood and Flowery Branch police departments and the Hall County Sheriff’s Office in connection with break-ins and thefts of lottery tickets. He has a committal hearing scheduled for Oct. 13.
Charges with the sheriff’s office include smash-and-grab burglary and counterfeiting lottery tickets. The charges in Flowery Branch and Oakwood include: second-degree burglary, counterfeiting lottery tickets, second-degree criminal damage to property, and possession of tools in the commission of a crime.
The county charges involve an incident at a BP station located on White Sulphur Road on Feb. 19, according to statement from Lt. Scott Ware, spokesman for the sheriff’s office. The statement alleged Wright shattered the glass door causing more than $500 in damage to the store. He also allegedly stole lottery ticket dispensers and more than 800 Georgia lottery tickets from the store, according to Ware’s statement.
Sgt. Todd Templeton of the Oakwood Police Department and Investigator Robin Kemp of the Flowery Branch Police Department said the two agencies worked together on their cases against Wright which involved burglaries and the theft of lottery tickets at a store in each jurisdiction.
Wright was arrested at the Pickens County Jail and transported to Hall County Jail, according to Ware’s statement. He also has a hold placed on him by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.