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Man accused of stealing beer, cigarettes, lottery tickets, TV
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Carl Junior Padgett

For some people, lottery tickets, booze, vinyl records and a television are the makings of a good party.

But that collection of alleged loot has landed a South Hall man in jail, accused of several burglaries at a convenience store and a storage facility.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware said Carl Junior Padgett, 44, broke through the glass front door Dec. 19 of Islands Store on Lanier Islands Parkway. 

“Once inside the store, Padgett stole beer, cigarettes and lottery tickets valued at approximately $405,” Ware wrote in a news release, adding the damage to the store was more than $500.

Padgett is also accused of breaking in to two storage units Dec. 20 on Atlanta Highway, where the stolen items included a “flatscreen television with (a) wall mount, hunting gear, (vinyl) records and a tripod,” Ware wrote.

Warrants were issued for Padgett’s arrest Jan. 2, and he was arrested that day in Flowery Branch.

“At the time of this arrest, Mr. Padgett was found in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine,” Ware said.

Padgett was charged with smash-and-grab burglary, two counts of second-degree burglary and possession of methamphetamine. He was booked Jan. 2 in to the Hall County Jail, where he remains.

Magistrate Court officials said Padgett had requested a public defender, but added one had not yet been assigned.

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