Scottsdale police arrest alleged lottery ticket scammer

(Photo by Scottsdale police)

Robert Fischer (Photo by Scottsdale police)

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, Scottsdale detectives identified and arrested Robert James Fischer, 27, on numerous counts of organized retail theft and trafficking of stolen property, according to officials.

On Dec. 4, detectives identified an emerging crime trend, stated a police report. In the trend, Fischer targeted east Valley convenience stores stealing Arizona Lottery tickets and redeeming the winning tickets for cash.

Robert Fischer

Robert Fischer

Fischer would enter a convenience store and ask the clerk for Arizona Lottery tickets. Fischer would then grab the tickets and run out of the store without paying, stated officials.

In total, Fischer committed 28 thefts from Nov. 27 to Dec. 9, according to officials. Total loses were in excess of $1,300 from stores in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa and Chandler.

Scottsdale detectives worked closely with senior investigators from the Arizona Lottery to bring this case to a successful conclusion, officials stated.

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