One man found out the hard way that crime doesn’t pay. It all started with a routine traffic stop on I-75. Captain Jay Baker with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office tells WSB they pulled the driver over on a tag violation. When they stopped, it was the passenger who took off running in some woods. They didn’t immediately find him but a backpack he presumably left behind with a $100 lottery ticket, a laptop, and methamphetamine inside.
“The canine officer sent me just an image of the winning lottery ticket. We just thought - what the heck - we’ll put it up on social media and let the owner of it know he can come pick it up at our jail,” said Baker.
While Shaun Jones, who was eventually caught was charged with obstruction, Baker doubts he’ll claim the ticket.
“We would love for him to claim it. That would definitely lead to another charge,” said Baker.
And the lottery ticket.
“This is probably the first time a winning lottery ticket will have been put into evidence.” Laughing he said, “I’m not exactly sure what the protocol is for that. We’ll see. It’s definitely in his name and it’s in our evidence locker. When and if he bonds out, we’ll at least give him the lottery ticket back,” said Baker.
Jones has also been charged with possession of methamphetamine.