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Cops: Man caught sleeping in car with stolen lotto tickets

Frank Lalima, 20, of Levittown, faces burglary, possession of stolen property and marijuana charges, police say.
Photo Credit: Nassau County Police Dept.

A Long Island man woke up on the wrong side of the law Thursday after cops noticed him sleeping in his car with a cache of stolen lottery tickets, Nassau County police said.

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.