Patrol officers were called to check on the well being of a man who was sleeping in his car along Wantagh Avenue in Levittown around 8 a.m. Thursday. When they arrived, they found 20-year-old Frank Lalima asleep in his car surrounded by “a large number of lottery scratch-offs,” police said.
Authorities said Lalima was also found to be in possession of a plastic lottery ticket dispending case and an unspecified amount of marijuana. He was arrested at the scene.
In a news release, police said the lotto tickets “were found to be the proceeds of a commercial burglary.” Investigators believe Lalima broke into a store at 95 Unqua Road in Massapequa earlier Thursday and stole the tickets.
He was charged with third-degree burglary, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of marijuana. Lalima was being held in police custody and will be brought to court Friday morning to face a judge for arraignment.