Darien gas station hit in string of lottery ticket robberies
Published 7:00 pm, Tuesday, August 9, 2016
DARIEN — A suspect stole $240 worth of lottery tickets from a Darien gas station, part of what police said appears to be a series of gas station robberies in the area.
On Tuesday, Aug. 2 around 3 p.m., police received a call from the Exxon station at 1358 Post Road, the same station robbed by a man from Iowa several weeks prior. According to the employee at the station, about 15 minutes earlier a man entered the gas station and asked to use the bathroom. Several minutes later, the suspect returned from the bathroom, asked if the store sold birthday cards and asked how to get to Interstate 95 South.
The suspect then asked for $240 worth of scratch-off tickets. The employee took 48 tickets from the game “5x the Money” out of the dispenser and placed them on the counter. The tickets were worth $5 each. The suspect then grabbed the tickets, fled the store and drove away in a dark-colored Honda sedan.
According to police, similar incidents occurred the day before in Bethel, Trumbull and Norwalk. A Connecticut lottery agent told police when they reported the stolen tickets that the tickets taken from the station had been cashed in just down the street at a Gulf station at 1044 Post Road. The suspect was able to get $100 back in winnings.
According to the Exxon employee, the suspect was a white man, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighed about 240 pounds. He had a muscular build and wore a white tank top, blue and black shorts, a visor and black Nike sneakers. He had tattoos on both forearms, but their design is unknown. He also had a passenger in his vehicle with him.
Police are still working to identify the suspect based off surveillance video.