Lottery Ticket Thieves Strike Two Cocoa Convenience Stores, Police Seek To Locate Suspects

By  //  December 18, 2018

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BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Authorities in Cocoa are looking for two suspects captured on surveillance stealing lottery tickets from a convenience store and cashing them at another nearby store, according to Cocoa Police.

Police say the two suspects are seen on video stealing the lottery tickets from a Citgo station on 935 N. Cocoa Blvd and later seen trying to cash the tickets out at a Wawa on 923 W. King St.

The suspects worked together during incident, according to Cocoa Police.

“The male (suspect) placed several items on the counter and requested various lottery scratch off tickets from the clerk,” said Yvonne Martinez of the Cocoa Police Dept.

“The clerk stated the suspect told her he needed to obtain his wallet from his vehicle, during this time, the suspect grabbed the lottery tickets, leaving the other items on the counter.”

The suspect left the store and did not return.

Less than 15-minutes later, the suspect went to Wawa at 923 W. King St. and cashed what appears to be three of the stolen tickets for an unknown amount of cash.

“Further investigation revealed a second male exiting the suspect vehicle at Wawa. After cashing the tickets, both males proceed to the parking lot where they are seen getting gas for the vehicle and leaving,” said Martinez.

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Officials with the Florida Lottery say these suspects have also committed the same crimes in other nearby cities.

Police are looking a vehicle both men were seen leaving in and is described as a blue, 2-door Acura coupe vehicle, with an unknown tag.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Central Florida CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS. Callers will remain anonymous and can be eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000 in this case.

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