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Fingerprint on Stolen Scratch-Off Foils Munchee's Robbery Suspect, Detectives Say

Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives arrested a Palm Harbor man on Feb. 7 in connection with a string of recent robberies and a burglary at a Munchee's convenience store in Dunedin.

A fingerprint lifted from a stolen lottery ticket is the key piece of evidence authorities used to find the suspect in a string of recent Dunedin convenience store robberies.

Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives arrested Trevor David Winsett, 24, of 402 North Carolina Ave. in Palm Harbor, late Thursday, Feb. 7, in connection with two robberies and a recent smash-and-grab burglary of 100 scratch-off lottery tickets at Munchee's, 2100 Bayshore Blvd.

Detectives say Winsett gave the lottery tickets from the Jan. 29 burglary to his brother to repay a debt. Winsett's brother went with his girlfriend to cash the winning tickets a few hours later at a Palm Harbor 7-Eleven, two miles north of the burglary at 100 Alt. U.S. 19, according to detectives. (The couple was captured in a video surveillance photo that Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives released to the media on Feb. 5.)

Fingerprints lifted from the ticket were linked to Winsett's brother, which ultimately linked detectives to Winsett.

Deputies believe Winsett is the suspect captured in surveillance video who smashed a window to get inside Munchee's shortly before 6 a.m. on Jan. 29, then went behind the counter, pulled about 100 scratch-off lottery tickets, took several packs of cigarettes, and put them all in a garbage bag he found near the register.

During the investigation, detectives were able to link Winsett to two other recent robberies, occurring Feb. 1 and Jan. 17, at the same Munchee's.

Winsett is alleged to have walked behind the counter late Feb. 1 with a bandanna over his face, and order the clerk to open the register and safe. He allegedly fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarette packs.

He also allegedly robbed a Munchee's clerk at gunpoint on Jan. 17 for an undisclosed amount of cash, scratch-off lottery tickets and spice products.

Winsett was arrested and charged with one count of burglary, two counts of robbery and one count dealing in stolen property. He is in custody at Pinellas County Jail on at least $75,000 bond.

The Sheriff's Robbery and Homicide Unit, Burglary and Pawn Unit and Crime Scene Investigation Unit are continuing to investigate.

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Previous Coverage:

  • Munchee's Lotto Ticket Thief Linked to Other Robberies
Maggy Mae February 09, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Good work, PCSO!
L peters February 13, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Good work? Good grief. the innocent brother And his girlfriend were taken in For questioning the innocent brother in handcuffs and interrogated for FIVE hours. Detective Capra had a picture of Taylor and his girlfriend unknowingly cashing in 5 tickets his brother had given him he was wearing his usual flower hat--- the picture of the actual criminal had the same flower hat covering his face. Pretty damning evidence right, WRONG!!!!! it took FIVE hours with repeated bullying and accused for lying before the fact that Taylor has quite clearly blue eyes in the picture and the criminal has brown. not great detective work? It gets worse it was the scared girlfriend who realized this fact. Yeah great work detective Capra next time check the eyes first.
Maggy Mae February 14, 2013 at 12:39 AM
First, I can't see the color of any of the people in these pictures or the videos. So I can't speak to that. Second, are you saying the first question from the detective wasn't, "so where'd you get the tickets?" And if it was, was the answer, "my brother who happens to like to steal on occasion"? Or did he not want to give up his bro'? Or did he tell the detective "from my bro'" but the detective wouldn't listen? Just asking.
L peters February 14, 2013 at 03:28 PM
The police are not revealing all the close up photos that they actually had nor the close up video of each individual. The girlfriend who noticed the eye color saw the same pictures the detectives did. the detective did ask where the tickets came from &was answered truthfully but the detectives did not believe them. There were several otherpeople who his brother had given tickets to & had filmed cashing in & fingerprints lifted. !INCLUDING THE BROTHER HIMSELF! The point is the arresting officers had many clues - no other people were arrested & the only link they had to Taylor was the hat. The arresting officers didn't even know about Trevor or his history until the eye color was brought up after Five Hours ( again could they not have listened to the innocent victims and arrested the brother & brought him in for questioning while they were telling the truth for five hours? If you want criminals off the street detectives better start paying attention to what people are saying & gauging better -how to read innocent victims. By the way he was held for five hours in handcuffs -read his Miranda rights but never told what he was under arrest for. From the photos you can see this young beautiful couple who are living life suddenly their future is destroyed all because detectives could not look past their own egos. Nice way to learn a lesson on just how little freedom we truly have! Truly amazing but when it happens to you GOOD LUCK because you certainly won't get a fair trial.
Maggy Mae February 14, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Sorry to hear this. And yes, it is a lesson, hopefully for everyone. I'd say the couple are at least due an apology. On the other hand, cops deal with suspects who would rather lie than breathe every single day - more are lying than are not I'd guess. Not justifying their rush to judgment, but just saying. Also not sure if "their future is destroyed" is not a bit of an over statement. If that is the worst thing that happens to them in their lives, they should consider themselves lucky. A "trial" is another thing, too, and yeah a lot of injustices happen there, too. Hopefully the couple will be able to put this behind them, and especially if a little understanding is shown their way by PCSO. Just saying.

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