Convenience store employee arrested in $129K theft of lotto tickets, police say

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A convenience store employee was arrested Monday after the Fresno Police Department said he stole packets of lottery tickets worth more than $100,000.

On Tuesday, Detective Marty Lucero of the Financial Crimes Unit opened an investigation into the reported theft of California Lottery Tickets by an employee of the Fast & Easy #7 convenience store. 

During a three month period, S-Mantej Singh, 37 stole packs of Scratcher Lottery tickets valued at $600-$900 each, after the Lottery machine had been closed out for the day, police said.

Singh took the stolen tickets and later redeemed winners at his place of employment as well as other locations in Fresno, police said. The value of the stolen tickets totaled $129,100.

Officers arrested Singh at his residence on Monday.

He was booked into the Fresno County Jail on charges of embezzlement and grand theft.

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