Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 18, 2014

Third suspect at large in video lottery parlor case

PRINCETON — Troopers with the West Virginia State Police Princeton Detachment are still searching for a man wanted in connection with what police now believe was a staged armed robbery of a video lottery parlor near Princeton.

The incident was reported on June 11 at Joyce’s on Courthouse Road. Two people were arrested over the weekend in connection with the incident, including Candace Lester, no age available, who worked at the video lottery parlor, and Jimmy Lockhart, no age available. Troopers are now searching for Lockhart’s brother, Timmy Lockhart, according to Trooper W.H. File of the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment.

File said anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Timmy Lockhart is urged to contact investigating Trooper B.R. Wood at 304-425-2101. Wood said the man faces charges of grand larceny and a conspiracy to commit a felony.

Police believe the armed robbery — captured on a store video surveillance system — was actually staged.

“The evidence would suggest it was not a robbery, but rather a larceny from Joyce’s,” Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash said Tuesday.

In the video surveillance footage, Jimmy Lockhart and Timmy Lockhart are seen playing a video lottery machine before approaching Lester, brandishing a knife and ultimately duct taping her hands. The two men then left the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

No other customers were on the premises when the larceny took place.

— Contact Charles Owens at

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