Pokie Robber Earns Jail TimeStealing is a horrible crime and one that most people hope to avoid. When it comes to gambling, many times criminals will target winners for an easy score. Players need to be extremely careful that they are aware of their surroundings after a big win. A young man recently earned jail time after robbing an elderly woman of her pokie winnings.
The elder woman was at the Rocky Glen Hotel last December when she earned money from playing the pokie machines. Luke Andrews knew the elderly lady had won the money and decided to take it from er. He followed her and asked her for a ride. He then took advantage of his position to knock her to the ground and steal the $1100 she had won from the pokie machines.
It was when the woman arrived at her stop that Andrews had to get out to let her out. As she got out, Andrews knocked her to the ground and took her purse which held the money she had won. However, the woman had taken the money from her purse and placed it in her pocket so he actually got away with nothing.
The car then took off with Andrews inside and the victim was left on the side of the road. She was left with wounds to her hip and elbow from scraping the ground. She also had a strain in her groin area from falling. She did have to visit the hospital to be treated. The defense attorney in the case stated that Andrews was under the influence of drugs at the time and blames drug use for his actions.
The judge also took into account that the victimís mother was in attendance during the hearing. He was given two years in prison and will be eligible for parole in August 2014.
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