Crew Arrested for Robbing 45 Convenience Stores of California Lottery Scratcher Tickets Worth $250,000

Crew Arrested for Robbing 45 Convenience Stores of California Lottery Scratcher Tickets Worth 0,000

Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have successfully apprehended a crew suspected of robbing a total of 45 convenience stores in Los Angeles County. The crew, responsible for stealing over $250,000 worth of California Lottery Scratcher tickets, targeted 43 7-Eleven stores and two Circle K stores. Deputy Alejandra Parra, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Department, confirmed that the suspects managed to cash approximately $91,000 worth of the stolen Scratcher tickets.

The majority of the targeted stores were located in Los Angeles, with additional stores in Torrance, Gardena, Lakewood, Maywood, South Gate, Compton, Inglewood, Bell Gardens, Hawthorne, and Huntington Park. Fortunately, no injuries were reported during the robberies, although the crew frequently threatened to use force. In one instance, a suspect simulated having a firearm, while another brandished a knife during a separate robbery.

The series of robberies began in February and concluded just last week. Detectives observed the suspects in action during an incident at a 7-Eleven store on Venice Blvd in Los Angeles on April 11. The crew members leaped over the counter and made off with over $3,000 worth of lottery Scratchers. Prompt action by the detectives led to the arrest of three men and a minor, and the stolen tickets were successfully recovered.

At this time, the names, ages, and cities of residence of the adult suspects have not been released by investigators. The identity of the minor has also been withheld due to their status as a juvenile. The men have been booked on suspicion of robbery and were arraigned on Monday, April 15, at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The minor was taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall and booked on robbery charges. The next court date for the minor, in conjunction with the Probation Department, is pending at the Compton Courthouse.

The investigation into this case was conducted by the Major Crimes Bureau detectives from the Burglary Robbery Task Force and the regional Organized Retail Theft Task Force of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Author: CrimeDoor

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