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Cops bust 2 men who stole 3,000 lottery tickets

California LotteryCalifornia Lottery: Cops bust 2 men who stole 3,000 lottery tickets

Two men who allegedly made off with 3,000 lottery tickets from a Chinatown, California, liquor store are in custody, along with a woman accused of trying to cash some of the tickets, thanks to a school principal who recognized two of the suspects as the parents of one of his students, police reported.

The woman, who is not suspected of taking part in the Feb. 20 robbery, allegedly visited a liquor store in Highland Park the next day in an unsuccessful attempt to try to cash some of the stolen scratch-off tickets, said Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon.

Leticia Garcia, 29, was accompanied by her two children that day, and police brought security camera photos of the trio to area elementary schools, where a principal recognized one of the youngsters and his mother, Vernon said.

The principal then was shown the surveillance video from the robbery, which also netted the suspects about $400 in cash, and identified of the male suspects as the boy's father, Vernon said.

Investigators arrested the three yesterday and seized evidence that included some of the uncashed lottery tickets, authorities said.

After the robbery, lottery officials had blocked the stolen tickets — which had serial numbers — from being cashed, Vernon explained.

Jesus Gonzalez, 30, who is married to Garcia, and Alberto Hernandez, 32, are expected to face robbery charges, Vernon said.

It is unclear what charges Garcia might face, he said.

The couple's children were taken into protective custody, Vernon said.


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spy153's avatar - maren

United States
Member #28409
December 15, 2005
1198 Posts
Posted: March 15, 2007, 10:45 am - IP Logged

"The couple's children were taken into protective custody, Vernon said."

When will they learn? It's just not worth that kind of sadness.Crazy

voir-vous dans mes reves!Cool

    United States
    Member #50319
    March 3, 2007
    42 Posts
    Posted: March 15, 2007, 11:15 am - IP Logged

    And 3000 tickets netted $400, I guess some were still uncashed. A lot of grief for $400, about a $5 per month in jail at least.

      jeffrey's avatar - moon
      Hamilton, OH
      United States
      Member #4162
      March 27, 2004
      277 Posts
      Posted: March 15, 2007, 1:26 pm - IP Logged

      Are ticket's serial numbers scanned into the registers when sold? I was told they are inactive until scanned in. Maybe tickets sold are recorded and then missing tickets can be cancelled. Who gets away with lottery ticket theft in the end? Except retailers who steal from customers. Sad.

        chasingadream's avatar - Archangel 01.jpg

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        Member #38687
        May 3, 2006
        315 Posts
        Posted: March 16, 2007, 6:55 pm - IP Logged

        wow....they must have really been hard up to risk going to jail and loosing their kids

        Oogle  waiting patiently for my jackpot