They won the lottery. But a group of Anne Arundel teen-agers didn't get their cash prize. They got arrested.
The teen-age boys have been charged as juveniles in the robbery of a string of 7-Eleven stores, during which they allegedly held clerks at knifepoint and stole cash and what turned out to be winning lottery tickets.
The scratch-off tickets ended up being lucky only for detectives, who tracked down the teens after they tried to collect their cash prize at a liquor store Monday.
The boys were denied payouts because the tickets had been reported stolen. But using the information from their attempt to collect the winnings and surveillance video from the 7-Eleven stores, police say detectives were able to identify the young suspects.
Police said the boys are suspects in robberies of a Glen Burnie 7-Eleven on April 23 and a Millersville 7-Eleven on April 10 and again on April 28, wearing masks.
One of the suspects - a 16-year-old Severn boy - was arrested Wednesday. Two others - a Millersville boy, 15, and a Severn boy, 16, - were arrested Tuesday night. All have been charged with robbery on several juvenile citations. At least one remained in custody at a juvenile detention center yesterday as police searched for other potential suspects. The Sun does not publish the names of juveniles accused of crimes.
Sgt. Thomas Wilson said the robbers made their first mistake when they picked 7-Eleven stores as their targets. "They don't keep a lot of cash in the registers and they have excellent surveillance video," Wilson said.