AVON PARK -A trail of abandoned clothes worn during a convenience store robbery Dec. 9 and stolen scratch-off lottery tickets reportedly helped authorities nab one of two suspects charged with armed robbery of Avon Park's M&H Food Store, according to a warrant affidavit.
Mariano Rios Huertes, 42, 113 Shannon Way, Sebring, remained in Highlands County Jail Monday on $60,000 bond.
Huertes and a second unidentified male are accused of holding the store clerk at knifepoint Dec. 9 and stealing money, lottery tickets, several packs of New Port cigarettes, and grabbing the clerk's gold chain, valued at more than $2,500, the affidavit states.
From the store's surveillance video, authorities reportedly gathered that the suspect was wearing an orange hoodie and dark tennis shoes, authorities say, while the second male allegedly was dressed in a green jacket with tight dark pants and white tennis shoes.
Highlands County Sheriff's Office deputies found the hoodie and the jacket within "minutes driving distance" from the store, authorities said, and discovered that the type of hoodie used in the robbery was sold at Dollar General Stores, the warrant affidavit states.
When authorities approached an area Dollar General store, they saw surveillance video footage showing two males reportedly stealing "what appears to be the same hoody jacket" along with gloves and panty hose from the same aisle, the affidavit adds.
Further investigation showed a male trying to cash the stolen lottery tickets at an area Circke K store, and his description matched Huertes, the affidavit adds.
Huertes was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon and kidnap/false imprisonment.
No more arrests have been made in connection with the case, said Highlands County spokeswoman Nell Hays. The investigation is ongoing, she added.