SOUTHINGTON – A Plantsville man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he stuffed raffle containers with fake tickets to win two prizes and then stole a third raffle prize at a PTO event for his child’s school.
Alexander Stewart, 35, is accused of placing 180 fake tickets in raffle containers at a PTO event in October, police said. He won two raffle prizes based on the tickets he entered, police said. When a third raffle prize went missing, police also traced the theft to Stewart who can be seen on video surveillance cameras walking out of the event with three prizes.
Officers examined the raffle tickets and determined that Stewart had entered tickets that were not for sale at the event, Elliott said. He turned himself in on Nov. 30 to be charged with three counts of sixth-degree larceny and third-degree forgery. He pleaded not guilty to the charges during his arraignment in Bristol Superior Court Monday.
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