A man was arrested after he allegedly robbed a 7-Eleven last month and went to a different convenience store to cash in his prize from the lottery tickets he stole, police said.
An arrest affidavit said the man walked into the 7-Eleven at 909 W. Hildebrand Ave. on Dec. 5, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money, lottery tickets and cigarettes.
Police had a good shot of the suspect and issued a Crime Stoppers report with the surveillance camera images showing his face with several tattoos on it.
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Seven hours after the robbery, the suspect, identified by police as 37-year-old David Marek, was again caught on surveillance footage. This time, he was at Petro Pantry wearing the same outfit and cashing two stolen lottery tickets valued at $100.
More than three hours later, Marek was again seen cashing in more of the stolen lottery tickets at a Valero, receiving $50 in cash, the affidavit said.
After police sent out the Crime Stoppers release, a police officer recognized the suspect and his face tattoos during a call for service and arrested him.
Detectives who questioned Marek said he confessed to the crime.