One Suspect Caught, Another on the Loose in Lotto Ticket Theft
MADERA – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has identified two men accused of stealing California Lottery scratcher tickets in November.
One of the suspects, 32-year-old Christopher Nunn of Fresno, was officially arrested Tuesday. However, the suspect was already in jail on another charge when detectives linked him to the crime. He had been on probation for burglary at the time of that arrest.
The theft happened at the end of November at a convenience store in Madera County. Authorities were able to get surveillance video that shows one man smashing in the glass on the front door of the store. The suspect then only took seconds to run in and grab several stack of scratcher tickets, the sheriff’s office said.
His accomplice in the crime is believed to be 51-year-old Robert Cave of Fresno, who is still on the loose. The Madera County Sheriff’s Office and the Fresno Police Department worked together to link the two men to the crimes.
Authorities say a third man may also have been involved in the crime.
Investigators say the men cashed the winning tickets, which ended up being worth $1,000 in all. They cashed the stolen tickets at several convenience stores and grocery stores.
Anyone with information on this case, on Robert Cave’s location or on the identity of the third suspect, is asked to call the Madera County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 675-7770 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.
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