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A Virginia man and his alleged getaway driver are arrested for two armed robberies after an attempt to redeem tickets stolen in one of the robberies, police say.
/ Source: staff and news service reports

A Virginia man and his alleged getaway driver were arrested Tuesday night after police say they participated in two armed robberies.

According to police, at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, 24-year-old Darien Pittman of Windsor robbed the J.B. Foodmart on Walters Highway in Carrsville. Pittman allegedly left the store with cash.

A few hours later, at 2 a.m. Friday, police say Pittman also robbed a 7-Eleven in Wakefield. The suspect got away with money, cigarettes and lottery tickets.

Diamond Tynes, 19, of Smithfield is accused of being the driver of the car used to flee the scene of both crimes.

“According to her, he didn’t tell her what he was doing,” Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Deputy Detective J.P. Hopko told The Tidewater News. “But she saw him with a mask, gun and the lottery tickets.”

A sheriff's office spokesperson said Pittman then tried to cash some of the lottery tickets in at a store in Windsor.

It's not known how much the prizes were worth.

The Virginia Lottery notified the store that the tickets were stolen, the News reported, and police were called. A store employee stalled the suspect in the store until police could arrive.

Pittman is charged with armed robbery, grand larceny, wearing a mask in public and possession of a handgun in the commission of a felony.

Tynes is charged with armed robbery and grand larceny.

Both Pittman and Tynes are being held in Tidewater Regional Jail in Suffolk.

WAVY-TV contributed to this report.