On Tuesday, July 16, Highland deputies arrested Raymond Loftin, 30, of Hesperia after he reportedly cashed $1,000 in stolen lottery tickets at a Highland business.

According to a sheriff’s department press release, at about 9:20 a.m., deputies from the Highland Police Station were dispatched to a gas station on the 7900 block of Webster Street in reference to a suspicious male who just cashed over $1,000 in winning lottery tickets. Prior to arrival, the male subject parked a black GMC Envoy with dealership plates at the gas pumps, covered the vehicle identification number on the dash and entered a different business in the same parking lot.

Deputies report that they detained Raymond Loftin in the bathroom of the business after he discarded lottery tickets in the trash.

Loftin had just cashed additional winning tickets at the business, and all the tickets he cashed were confirmed stolen during a commercial burglary at a gas station on the 25000 block of Alessandro Boulevard in the city of Moreno Valley early Tuesday morning.

Gloves, a sledgehammer, a surgical mask, and a large number of lottery tickets and cigarettes were found inside the vehicle. Loftin was in possession of a large amount of cash.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigators responded to the Highland Police Station and assumed the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact detectives the Highland Police Station at (909) 425-9793. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463), or leave the information on the We-Tip Hotline at wetip.com.

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