Lottery Investigators Arrest East Bay Hot Spot Bandit
SACRAMENTO – As part of its effort to protect consumers and retailers alike, the California Lottery’s Security and Law Enforcement Division, working in coordination with the Pleasant Hill Police Department, has arrested Robert Wayne Ladd of Pleasant Hill for the theft of hundreds of dollars worth of Hot Spot tickets from several Lottery retailers in the East Bay.
Ladd also referred to as “The Hot Spot Bandit,” was arrested this morning, after having a $1,040,000 warrant issued for his arrest earlier this week.
“The California Lottery is well known for going to great lengths to ensure that Lottery players are treated fairly and that our games are conducted with the utmost integrity,” said Everest Robillard, the Lottery’s Deputy Director of Security and Law Enforcement. “And we also want our retailers to know that we’re going to do whatever it takes to protect their interests as well.”
Ladd is charged with nine counts of burglary. Each count carries a possible prison term of two to six years. In addition, if convicted, this would be Ladd’s third strike, which means he faces the possibility of life in prison.
The California Lottery is a leader in consumer protection. It has one of the largest forces of sworn peace officers of any Lottery in the nation.
The California Lottery is celebrating 25 years of enhancing education and supporting local communities. More than 94 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to the community 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 more than $23 billion to education.