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Hurricane man accused in another gambling parlor robbery

By From staff reports

An employee at a St. Albans gambling parlor recognized the Hurricane man accused of robbing several other parlors and motels as the same man who robbed the St. Albans location last week, police said.

Capt. James Agee said St. Albans police received a robbery report on March 15 from Lewie's, a gambling parlor on U.S. 60 at Oak Street. Workers at Lewie's said a man stole more than $1,300 from the establishment. The theft was caught on video surveillance.

Agee said officers thought Justin Lee Brafford, the suspect in similar crimes in nearby locales, looked similar to the man seen in the video from the Lewie's robbery. An employee at Lewie's saw news reports from the other incidents and told officers Brafford, 31, looked like the man who robbed that parlor, too.

Officer Sheila McCuskey obtained a grand larceny warrant for Brafford, who remains at South Central Regional Jail where he is being held on $110,000 bond.

Brafford, who was arrested Monday, is accused of robbing Kelly's Cafe in Jefferson at gunpoint. Kanawha sheriff's deputies and Nitro police arrested him at the Nitro Walmart. He had a large sum of money, a semi-automatic pistol and camouflage clothing in his possession when he was found.

He also faces charges in Cabell County where he is said to have stolen $21,000 in musical instruments and equipment from a high school marching band's box trailer that had been parked at a motel in February. Brafford also is accused of breaking into three trucks parked at other Cabell County motels. Police still are investigating.


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