A Hesperia man is in custody after allegedly stealing $325 in California Lottery scratch-off tickets.

James Outhout, 32, was arrested Thursday, November 20, after he allegedly robbed three conveniences stores on Tuesday and Wednesday, stealing lottery tickets.

On Tuesday at about 7 a.m., a man walked into the Circle K near the intersection of Bear Valley Road and Cottonwood Avenue, asked for $100 worth of scratch-off tickets, snatched them off the counter when the clerk placed them there and ran out to a waiting car.

Four hours later, a man entered the Tropicana Liquor Store near the intersection of Main Street and Cottonwood Avenue, asked for $105 worth of scratch-off tickets and again fled the store with the tickets. The description of the getaway cars matched in each instance.

The next evening, at about 9:30 p.m., a man entered the Q-Mart on Main Street, asked for $120 tickets and again, grabbed the tickets and fled the store.
Following an investigation, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jeff Farrar obtained a search warrant for Outhout's residence, where a large quantity of scratch-off tickets was discovered.

Outhout was arrested on a charge of commercial burglary and booked at Victor Valley Jail.

No information is available on how much the scratched-off tickets were ultimately worth.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.