Man Arrested After Allegedly Stealing $5,000 in California Lottery Scratcher Tickets from Hesperia Store

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Lottery scratchers are seen in this file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

A 37-year-old Victorville man has been arrested more than two weeks after allegedly stealing about $5,000 in California Lottery scratcher tickets, according to the Hesperia Police Department.

The theft occurred the morning of July 10 at a store in the 16800 block of Main Street in Hesperia, police said in a news release.

The person reporting the commercial burglary told authorities that the glass front door was broken and the inside of the store appeared to have been ransacked, the release stated.

Investigators later learned that the scratcher tickets worth approximately $5,000 in retail value had been stolen, according to police.

Detectives identified Jaime Javier Cardenas — who is on post release community supervision — as a suspect in the burglary, the release said.

On Wednesday morning, a search warrant was served at his residence in the 14500 block of Owens Rivers Road in Victorville, and detectives found evidence linking Cardenas to the theft, according to police officials.

He was arrested and booked on charges of burglary and violating probation.

According to police, Cardenas was arrested in 2012 and 2013 for commercial burglaries that also involved stolen scratchers.