Robbers attack 77-year-old man, steal lottery winnings, Cleveland police say

Published: Mar. 23, 2023 at 3:40 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cleveland police said a group of robbers attacked a 77-year-old man earlier this month to steal his lottery winnings.

According to investigators, the incident happened in broad daylight on March 3 in the area of East 128th Street and Eddy Road.

The suspects targeted the man after watching him cash in his winning lottery tickets, officers said.

In surveillance video that Cleveland Police Detectives requested from the day of the crime you see the victim inside of a corner store on Eddy Road and East 129th receiving his cash prize for the daily number at the counter. Police say two other men in the store are spotted in the video eyeing about $300 dollars in the 77-year-old man’s hands.

Cleveland police said they waited for the victim to leave the store, then assaulted and robbed him at gunpoint as he walked home.

Luzina Poole who lives in the Forest Hills Neighborhood in Cleveland was both shocked and appalled after hearing about the robbery, “It seems like people think because we’re older or I’m on a walker -- it’s okay to rob us. That’s just unbelievable, it’s wrong. If you’re hungry we’ll feed you but you don’t have to rob us. They waited until he left the store and went around that corner and we couldn’t see him and they robbed that man.”

Anyone with information on the identities of the suspects is asked to call Cleveland police at 216-623-5518.