Man to serve jail time for lottery ticket theft


A Cable man will serve part of a community control sentence in the Tri-County Regional Jail, Mechanicsburg, for stealing lottery tickets from a local store.

Rodney S. Brugh, 49, of 5904 Cable Road, was placed on community control for three years Monday. As part of the sentence, Brugh will serve 30 days in jail starting on Monday and 50 days on electronic monitored house arrest upon his release from jail.

In May, Brugh pleaded guilty to one count of theft, a fifth degree felony, for conduct that occurred between Aug. 1, 2014, and Feb. 6, when he stole lottery tickets from J’s Carryout, 6418 Spain St., Mingo, while an employee at the store.

During the hearing, Tony Wilkins, one of the business owners, spoke about the impact of Brugh’s actions on the business, the employees who depend on the store for income and the community. Wilkins said the theft almost led to the business closing and more than $12,000 in damage.

When given the opportunity to answer for his actions, Brugh said his lack of judgment was inexcusable.

Common Pleas Court Judge Nick Selvaggio questioned Brugh about his motives for taking the tickets throughout the hearing. Brugh stated the conduct distracted him from a recent relative’s death, but often failed to answer for his motives and noted he did not make much money from the theft.

As part of the plea resolution, Brugh paid $5,000 in restitution and during the hearing agreed to pay an additional $7,130 in restitution.

Other conditions of community control include Brugh being prohibited from having contact in any business owned by the Wilkinses, being subject to random drug screenings and, counseling. He is ordered to complete 75 hours of community service by Oct. 31.

If community control is revoked, Brugh faces an 1- month prison sentence.