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Suspect arrested in store robbery

AVON PARK - Five stolen scratchoff lottery tickets that an alleged store robber never even got to scratch proved to be his undoing, according to a warrant affidavit released Tuesday. Michael Cortez Hankerson, 21, 1229 Lucas Drive, Sebring, was arrested Monday and charged with armed robbery. The arrest came after investigators found five discarded unscratched "50X" scratchoffs along the route in which the robber fled, the affidavit said. Fingerprints on those scratchoffs were identified as belonging to Hankerson, the report said.
The store clerk at M&H Food Store, 2532 State Road 17 South, Avon Park, reported that a robber wearing a ski mask entered the store on Dec. 30, 2012, and pointed a gun at her, the affidavit said. After she gave him about $60 in cash from the cash register, the robber was not satisfied and reached over the counter and stole the five scratchoffs, the report said. As of presstime, Hankerson remained in the Highlands County jail on $100,000 bond. The warrant affidavit did not say whether any of the "50X" scratchoffs were winners.