06/18/2013 11:22 am ET Updated Jun 19, 2013

Thomas Clark Arrested: Albuquerque Man Allegedly Robbed Own Grandma For Casino Money

Don't expect a birthday present from granny this year.

Pamela Dearinger thought the man breaking into her home looked familiar, but when she pulled the purple bandana from his face she made a startling discovery -- her grandson was robbing her.

Police say that Thomas Clark, 22, broke in on Friday through the back door of his grandmother's home in Albuquerque, N.M., KRQE reports.

The Albuquerque Journal describes the scene:

As Dearinger sat in the front room watching TV, Clark entered the back door. Once inside, he grabbed her and the two began to tussle. Dearinger grabbed the bandanna and pulled it off, revealing his identity. Clark threw her to the floor, grabbed her purse and ran out the back door, according to the complaint.

Dearinger estimates the value of the purse and its contents total $507.

Clark, a high school dropout, said that his friends convinced him robbing his grandmother was a smart way to get money for the local casino. Police arrested him approximately four hours later at his parents' house.

He eventually confessed to the robbery. Police escorted Clark to the Metropolitan Detention Center and charged with aggravated residential burglary, larceny, and tampering with evidence.



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