An Orange City man robbed a bank and then lost the money at a local gas station when he tried to parlay the stolen cash on lottery tickets that were not winners, a police official said.
Ronald Paul Silva, 60, was charged with armed robbery, displaying a weapon during a felony and theft, as reported by The Daytona Beach News Journal.
“He was a man down on his luck and robbed the bank and didn’t do much better with the money he stole,” Sampsell said. “He went to a Kangaroo store down the street and lost the money on lottery tickets and earned a trip to jail.”
Silva walked into the Tustco Bank, picked up a deposit slip and then approached the counter, police said.
He handed the teller the blank deposit slip. When the teller handed him back the slip telling him it was blank, Silva handed the woman a black bag with a note attached to it saying he was robbing the bank, investigators said.
The teller said she did not have a lot of money and Silva pulled a pistol from the waistband and showed it to the cashier. The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun, Sampsell said.
Silva got a stack of $5 dollar bills totaling $130 in the heist, Sampsell said.
Silva was arrested the day after the robbery after leads took investigators to him, Sampsell said.