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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