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Suspect Arrested In Scratcher Heist, Another Still At Large

MADERA COUNTY – A suspect has been arrested in connection with the theft of scratcher lottery tickets from the 22-Mile House back in November of 2012.

Sheriff John Anderson announced this afternoon that Christopher Nunn, 32, of Fresno is behind bars in Madera County.Nunn was identified as the man seen on crutches in video surveillance tape that captured two men cashing the stolen scratchers in Fresno on Nov. 28, 2012.

Robert Leroy Cave  -- booking photo 8-16-2005The second suspect, Robert Leroy Cave, 51, also from Fresno, is still at large. He was the suspect seen wearing a baseball cap. Detectives believe that a third man was involved.

During the early morning hours of Nov. 28, a lone thief was captured on video bursting through the front door of the 22-Mile House on Highway 41 at Road 208, grabbing a stack of lottery tickets, and then fleeing the store.

Just a few hours later, two men, later identified as Nunn and Cave, were captured on video surveillance cashing those stolen scratchers in Fresno.

The pair hit a Circle K on Olive, a gas station on North Blackstone, and other establishments mostly in the area of Blackstone & Shields, including a number of mini-marts, a CVS store and a Save Mart.

Detectives say the pair pocketed more than a thousand dollars before the day was done.

With assistance from Fresno Police detectives, Madera County Sheriff’s detective Adam McEwen was able to identify both Nunn and Cave.

Nunn was already jailed on an unrelated charge when Detective McEwen was able to tie him to the scratcher theft.

Nunn was on probation for burglary at the time of his arrest, apprehended last month in the city of Madera. Wanted in Fresno on a no bail warrant, Nunn is being held in Madera County without bail.

According to Fresno authorities, both Nunn and Cave belong to the “Fresneck” group – a Fresno-based white supremacy gang that reportedly has been tied to burglaries and home invasion robberies.

Anyone who may have information about this case, including Robert Cave’s whereabouts, or the identity of the third suspect, is urged to call the Madera County Sheriff’s Office at 559-675-7770 or CRIME STOPPERS at 559-498-STOP.

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