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Successful scratch-off ticket results in arrest of automotive theft suspect

SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KLTV/Grey Information) – An alleged automotive thief might have discovered a profitable scratch-off ticket in a truck, however his luck stopped there.

In July 2021, investigators in Smith County, Texas, mentioned they tracked a profitable Texas Lottery scratch-off present in one in every of 4 automobiles stolen from European Automotive Restore in Tyler, KLTV reported.

The ticket’s winnings have been redeemed from a 7-Eleven retailer the place investigators mentioned they noticed, by way of surveillance video, 28-year-old Taz Marshall Whittemore arriving in a black 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

In line with an arrest affidavit, Whittemore and one other defendant have been allegedly noticed within the Silverado at a Walmart retailer earlier that very same day.

The affidavit states Whittemore was arrested in Rusk County on July 21, 2021, on a number of excellent warrants in addition to on-site expenses. Upon studying of his arrest, Smith County investigators spoke with him on the Rusk County Jail, at which level he allegedly confessed to stealing the 4 automobiles.

Along with the Silverado, the automobiles stolen included a 2007 Mercedes-Benz 320ML SUV, a silver BMW 745 sedan and a 2003 Toyota 4Runner. The 4 automobiles represented a collective worth of $46,000. Investigators mentioned they discovered three of the 4 automobiles within the woods a few half-mile from the restore store the place they have been stolen.

Whittemore was charged with theft of property between $30,000 and $150,000, a third-degree felony. Smith County Jail data present Whittemore can be charged with a number of unrelated counts of theft of property.