The Windsor Locks Police Commission chair has resigned following his arrest in Florida after police say he tried to cash in a stolen lottery ticket.
Leon County Jail in Florida confirms that Michael Royston, 49, was arrested Thursday at the Florida Lottery headquarters when he tried to cash in a lottery ticket worth $520,000. Police say Royston stole that ticket from his niece.
Royston denies wrongdoing, but resigned from his role on the police commision.
"I adamantly deny any wrong doing in which I have been accused," Royston said in a written statement Sunday. "I do not want this to effect [sic] the Commission or The Windsor Locks Police Department while I exonerate my name, therefore I have resigned from the Windsor Locks Police Commission. It has been an honor and a privilege serving the citizens of Windsor Locks."
Royston is charged with intent to defraud, grand theft over $100,000, and filing a false claim. He is out on bond.
Windsor Locks First Selectmen Steven Wawruck Jr. declined to comment on the arrest.