Madera County – Sheriff John Anderson announced last this afternoon that an arrest has been made in November’s 22-Mile House Scratcher Heist. Christopher Nunn, 32, of Fresno is behind bars in Madera County.
Nunn was identified as the man seen on crutches in video surveillance tape that captured two men cashing the stolen scratchers in Fresno on November 28, 2012. The second suspect, Robert Leroy Cave, 51, also from Fresno, is still outstanding. He was the suspect seen wearing a baseball cap. Detectives believe a third man was involved.
BACKGROUND on Scratcher Heist: During the early morning hours on November 28, a lone thief was captured on tape bursting through the front door of the 22-Mile House, grabbing a stack of lottery tickets, and then fleeing the store. The 22-Mile House is located on CA-41 and Road 208. Just a couple of hours later, two men (later identified as Nunn and Cave) were captured on video surveillance tape cashing those stolen scratchers in Fresno. The pair hit a Circle K on Olive, a gas station on North Blackstone, and other establishments mostly in the area of Blackstone & Shields. Those establishments included a number of mini-marts, a CVS store, and a Save Mart. Detectives say the pair pocketed more than a thousand dollars before the day was done.
With assistance from Fresno Police Detectives, Madera County Sheriff’s Detective Adam McEwen was able to identify both Nunn and Cave. Nunn was already jailed on an unrelated charge when Detective McEwen was able to tie him to the scratcher theft. Nunn was on probation for burglary at the time of his arrest -- apprehended last month in the city of Madera. Wanted in Fresno on a no bail warrant, Nunn is being held in Madera County without bail.
According to Fresno authorities, both Nunn and Cave belong to the “Fresnick” group – a Fresno based white supremacy gang that reportedly has been tied to burglaries and home invasion robberies.
Anyone who may have information about this case, including Robert Cave’s whereabouts, and the identity of the third suspect, is urged to call the Madera County Sheriff’s Office at 559-675-7770 or CRIME STOPPERS at 498-STOP.