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by Vinny DeCarlo

Vinny DeCarlo is the author of How to Beat Casino Surveillance – Insider’s Secrets for Card Counters. He is a retired veteran casino man with over 20 years of upper management experience. His expertise covers the pit, security, and surveillance, and he even served as a General Manager for two different casinos. Currently, Vinny travels the states as a freelance reporter and a personal consultant to many Indian casinos. According to Vinny, there are two types of casino employees - those that know him, and those that claim to know him; therefore, never believe what you hear.


(Note: Part 1 of this article, containing the first five stupidest casino theft stories, appeared in the April BJI. We pick up the story with crime #6.)

6. Hey, they’re not using this equipment. Let’s take it.

Moreover, they did! This surreal but pathetic crime took place in a northern Nevada casino about two years ago. Two surveillance employees were screwing off at the downtown casino when they fell for the old wives tale that "these cameras aren’t really working and if they are, the chances of them watching us is zero to uhm… whatever is less than that." Wrong!

These two meatheads, after having two, two many, decided to rip cameras down from a neighboring casino to use in their casino. While walking down a hallway, they blatantly grabbed one camera and swung on it like a ring-tailed lemurs on a banana tree, until it finally gave up the ghost. From there, they took the elevator down to the parking level, smashing the elevator emergency contact center and pulling the elevator camera from its outlet. Having dislocated the camera from its mount, they stuck it in their pockets. They continued to kick and punch the elevator’s control panel. Suddenly, the elevator stopped between floors and went dark. The emergency control panel that they had smashed was now useless. They were between a floor and a hard place and all because of their own doing. After 12 hours, they were rescued from their self-imposed cell. Within 24 hours, the ‘victimized casino’ released a SIN Alert with the suspect’s pictures on it asking, "Does anyone know these guys? They’re dressed in Black and Whites (casino dealer garb)?" Now I’m no brain surgeon but I do know better than to kill something that can take and save my picture during its last and final breath. So was the case.

The ‘two Stooges’ ended up sharing another kind of cell but for more than 12 hours. Let’s just say 30 to 45 days, restitution for damages, 40 hours of community service, and, to top it all off, they lost their jobs. Is there no honor amongst thieves?

7. Fire me for theft? F@*K That! I’ll rob your ass!

And he did (try) just that ... his…this…well, what ever you want to call it happened about 10 years ago in a southern Nevada casino. This ignoramus floor supervisor was caught stealing black cheques from the wheel. He was termed but returned a week later to rob the same frickin table! Got Brains? Hold on, it gets better.

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