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December 16, 2011 > California Lottery Seeks Serial Burglar of Lottery Products

California Lottery Seeks Serial Burglar of Lottery Products

Submitted By Alex Traverso

Investigators from the California Lottery are asking for the public's help in locating a serial burglar who has stolen Lottery merchandise from at least 18 retail locations in the San Jose/Sunnyvale/Mountain View area. In the past two months alone, the suspect has burglarized 12 retail locations in San Jose.

The suspect has been identified as Kelsey Pham. Pham, 29, was last known to reside in San Jose, and he is also known to frequent the coffee houses near Little Saigon and homeless encampments around San Jose. Pham is 5'10" and 170 pounds, has short black hair, crooked front teeth, and tattoos covering both arms down to the wrist, as well as a cursive writing tattoo on the back of his neck. He also has a one inch scar on his right cheek. Pham has been observed in surveillance video driving a grey-colored Ford Explorer or similar vehicle, as well as a late model white Toyota Camry.

During each burglary, Pham steals Lottery tickets and then cashes the winning stolen tickets at area retailers. He is currently on probation for committing similar burglaries last year. His current whereabouts are unknown, but the Lottery's Security/Law Enforcement Division has received information from Pham's family that he is a transient living in the area.

If you have information that could lead to the arrest of Kelsey Pham, Lottery investigators ask that you call them at 1-800-LOTTERY. Below is a booking photo from February:

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 94 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. Since 2000, Lottery players have contributed $1 billion to public schools each year, and, since we began in 1985, Lottery players have contributed a total of more than $24 billion to education. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.

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