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Tip from public leads to arrest in lottery ticket theft

Zachary McClurg
Zachary McClurg Sacramento Police Department

A man suspected of stealing more than $1,000 worth of lottery tickets from a convenience store has been arrested, thanks to a tip from someone in the community, according to Sacramento police.

Zachary McClurg, 23, was taken into custody Thursday, the day after police released surveillance photos of the man suspected in the Jan. 7 burglary of a store in the 7300 block of Greenhaven Drive. Investigators received a tip regarding the man’s identity and, with that information, they were able to identify McClurg, according to a Police Department news release.

Additional investigation linked McClurg to four additional business burglaries, the news release said.

According to police, a man broke into the closed convenience store at 12:07 a.m. Jan. 7. Once inside, he went to the front counter and found lottery tickets in a locked cabinet. He left the business for a moment, returned with a pry bar and broke the lock to steal the tickets. He then left the business on foot.

Police ask anyone with information about criminal activity involving McClurg to call the department’s dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 916-443-4357. Anonymous tips also may be submitted using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy