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Police: Brothers used distraction to steal lottery tickets
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Cary Acker, left and Christopher Acker

One Hall County man is accused of distracting a gas station clerk while his brother allegedly grabbed a number of lottery tickets over the counter, police said.

Christopher Wayne Acker, 35, was arrested April 14 and booked in to the Hall County Jail, where he remains.

Oakwood Police Investigator Todd Templeton said the case began on March 19, when Christopher Acker and a man identified as his brother, Cary Wayne Acker, 33, entered a McEver Road gas station.

“While Cary Acker distracted the sales clerk, Christopher Acker reached across the counter and took a quantity of scratch-off lottery tickets (with) a face value of approximately $220.  The brothers later cashed the winning tickets in at various stores to collect proceeds they did not lawfully win,” Templeton wrote in an email.

An officer recognized Christopher Acker April 14 at a different gas station on Mundy Mill Road.

Templeton said Christopher Acker allegedly gave a false name at first but was then taken into custody.

“I know that there was a total of seven tickets, I think, that were winning tickets, but I don’t know what the prize value of that amount was,” Templeton said.

Lottery tickets that have been flagged by the Georgia Lottery will appear stolen when scanned.

Templeton said police are still looking for Cary Acker, and anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the department at 770-534-2364.

Christopher Acker was charged with misdemeanor theft by taking, giving false information to an officer and “influencing the winning of a lottery prize through the use of coercion, fraud, deception, or tampering with lottery equipment or materials,” Templeton said.

He also had an out-of-county arrest warrant.

Attempts to reach defense attorney Craig Pake on Monday, April 22, were unsuccessful.