2/15/17 - Property crimes detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office have arrested the primary suspect in the lottery scratcher case.
He is David Arreola, 27, of Fresno. It was originally reported that there were two men, but it turns out there was only one. The man shown in all our video clips was Arreola. He looked different, so it appeared it was two different people.
The woman shown in the video cashing lotto tickets was never identified, thus not arrested. Information revealed that Arreola sent her into stores to cash his tickets.
1/11/17 - Property crimes detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office need the public’s help to identify three people connected to burglaries and the theft of lottery scratcher tickets.
Two men and one woman have been captured by the surveillance cameras of different businesses, showing them cashing in lotto tickets that had been reported stolen. The thefts and the cashing of the tickets occurred during the final two weeks of December 2016.
On December 22, a camera inside the EZ Stop Mini Mart, located at Fowler and Floral Ave. in Selma, recorded Suspect #1 commit a burglary. He entered through a window, jumped over the counter and broke into the case on the counter containing lotto scratchers.
Cameras inside the EZ Mart at Blackstone and Cornell Ave. in Fresno captured Suspect #1 cashing in winning lotto tickets.
A camera inside the Zombie Liquor 76 gas station at Belmont and First Street in Fresno also captured Suspect #1 cashing in winning lotto tickets.
Cameras inside the Stop-N-Go Food Store located at Clinton and West Ave. recorded Suspect #2 cashing in winning lotto tickets on two separate occasions.
Cameras inside the 7-Eleven at Fruit and Clinton Ave. in Fresno recorded Suspect #3 cashing in winning lotto tickets.
Suspect #1 appears to be a Hispanic man in his 20s with a mustache. He has a tattoo of some sort of scripture on his right forearm.
Suspect #2 appears to be a Hispanic man in his 20s with a mustache. He has a tattoo on the right side of his neck, possibly of kissing lips.
Suspect #3 appears to be a white woman in her 20s with long red or light brown hair.
Anyone with information on these suspects is asked to contact Detective George Razo at (559) 600-8172, Detective Adrian Villegas at (559) 600-8171 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP (7867). All tips will remain anonymous and you may be eligible for a cash reward.