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December 13, 2011

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December, 2011 | Media Advisories and Events | Northern California

California Lottery Seeks Serial Burglar of Lottery Products


Suspect Committing Two to Three Commercial Burglaries per Week in San Jose

SACRAMENTO – 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.