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Pair accused of stealing dozens of lottery tickets

April 12, 2011 |  7:23 am

Two people have been arrested by Glendale police on suspicion of stealing dozens of lottery tickets. The suspects fled after the alleged theft Sunday -- and were likely unaware that the lottery tickets had no value, even if they were winners.

Stolen lottery tickets and scratchers are reported to California Lottery authorities, who log the thefts and bar-code numbers, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

Lottery authorities are then immediately alerted to anyone who’s trying to redeem a winning ticket or scratcher that has been stolen. 

Melody Keshishzadeh, 20, and Sevak Vardumyan, 21, were arrested at about 4:40 p.m. Sunday at the Days Inn in Glendale.

Read more: Pair arrested in lottery ticket theft.

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-- Veronica Rocha, Glendale News-Press / Times Community News

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