Winning lotto ticket was robbery suspects’ downfall

By From page A4 | May 31, 2014

FAIRFIELD — While most people would consider a winning lottery ticket good fortune, a lucky $2 scratch-off ticket was the downfall for a pair of Fairfield men accused of four fast-paced armed robberies of 7-Eleven stores on the morning of May 18 in Fairfield.

Robert E. Dorton and Dawaun L. Gillum, both 20, were in court briefly Friday and were ordered to return to court July 8 for a probable cause hearing. Both men have pleaded not guilty to four armed robbery charges.

Video surveillance cameras at all four convenience stores show one robber going up to the clerk, pulling a gun and taking some cash while an accomplice served as a nearby lookout. The first of the four heists, all done in less than an hour starting at 5 a.m., included the robbers grabbing several small bottles of 5 Hour Energy drink along with $50.

The third armed robbery netted $70 and one of the hoodlums grabbed 10 scratch-off lottery tickets.

After the fourth armed robbery, somebody walked into a market with a winning lottery ticket and tried to claim their winnings. Alas, the ticket had already been reported as stolen. All lottery tickets are individually numbered and tracked in a government database.

Lottery officials told Fairfield police about the ticket and police checked out the market’s surveillance camera footage. They discovered a Nissan Altima belonging to Dorton’s family.

A search of Dorton’s home on East Pacific Avenue turned up seven of the other stolen lottery tickets and several bottles of 5 Hour Energy drink. Police also seized two guns and clothing, hats and shoes that matched what was worn by the robbers, according to court records.

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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • paqkleaderMay 31, 2014 - 1:51 am

    Lol..idiot! Everybody in america..except for these fools..knows you cant cash stolen lotto tickets.

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  • LarryMay 31, 2014 - 7:29 am

    That is why we have jails.

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  • just sayin'May 31, 2014 - 7:37 am

    Does anyone believe these a $$ hats will get jail time or even visit a prison? With all the Get out of jail free cards courteously handed out by the gov, I am doubtful.

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  • JazzAzzMay 31, 2014 - 8:08 am

    Maybe if we fire the current DA, come election day. Already took my ballot down to the election office. Now I think that part of these Perps punishment should be to have the word, "STUPID," tattooed to their foreheads!!!

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  • MarvMay 31, 2014 - 7:47 pm

    California is a "Use a gun, go to prison state." Displaying a gun in a robbery is a 10 year enhancement. So they face 40 years just in gun enhancements. They won't get that kind of time, but yes, armed robbers still go to prison.

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  • CD BrooksMay 31, 2014 - 8:06 am

    For 2 lousy dollars? That goes a long way in explaining the criminal psychology. DUH! Not sure there is hope for morons like these two?

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  • MustBeJokingMay 31, 2014 - 11:13 am

    As much as i'd like to believe the "winning" ticket was only worth $2, it says it was a $2 scratch off ticket. That means it may have been worth more than the $2. If he tried to cash out a "TICKET" winner, well that would be all the more incredible. So perhaps they aren't quite as dumb as you say they are, but at the level they are at, there isn't much room to go down.

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  • 2realMay 31, 2014 - 12:00 pm

    Someone whack these nimrods already

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