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Over $1,200 worth of lottery tickets stolen from Los Molinos market

Two people have been arrested after officials say they stole $1,283 worth of lottery tickets from the Crosslands Market in Los Molinos.

According to the Tehama County Sheriff's Office, Monday, at about 5:28 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call from the clerk at Crosslands, located at 8215 Highway 99 E in Los Molinos, regarding a theft that had just happened.

The clerk told dispatchers that a man in a black Saturn SUV had just stolen a display box that contained lottery tickets. The clerk said the vehicle then left and headed northbound on Highway 99 E.

Officials said a witness followed the vehicle and called 911 to let dispatchers know where the vehicle was heading.

The witness said the vehicle had turned east on 7th Avenue and then south on Shasta Blvd. The witness then told dispatchers that while the vehicle was on Shasta Blvd, it stopped and a woman got out and then the vehicle left South Blvd.

The witness then advised dispatch that the vehicle got back onto northbound Highway 99 E.

A Tehama County District Attorney's Office Investigator happened to be in the area and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Deputies arrived shortly after and assisted with taking the suspect in custody.

The man was identified as Francisco Javier Palos, Jr., 30, from Redding.

Deputies also found the woman who got out of the vehicle and she was identified as Donna Otlowski, 36, from Red Bluff.

Both Palos and Otlowski were booked into the Tehama County Jail for burglary after officials watched surveillance video and determined Otlowski had backed the vehicle us when Palos ran out to make a quick getaway.


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