A man accused of stealing more than $1,300 worth of lottery tickets from Phoenix-area stores is in custody.
Scottsdale police say 27-year-old Robert James Fischer was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of numerous counts of organized retail theft and trafficking in stolen property.
They say Fischer targeted convenience stores in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa and Chandler.
He allegedly stole Arizona Lottery tickets and then redeemed the winning tickets for cash.
Police say Fischer would enter a convenience store and ask the clerk for lottery tickets, then grab the tickets and run out of the store without paying.
They say Fischer allegedly committed 28 thefts from Nov. 27 to Wednesday.
Police didn't immediately know Thursday if Fischer has a lawyer yet for his case.