Man accused of stealing nearly $180,000 in gambling chips

Roulette chipsWilliam Ferguson reportedly stole gambling chips from 14 casinos in Las Vegas. The 57-year-old now faces charges of burglary and theft. Ferguson stole the casino tokes from the MGM Grand, the Rio Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Treasure Island and the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Additionally, he also took casino tokes worth $150,000 from 10 other gambling venues.

$80,000 recovered

One of the prosecutors accused Ferguson of stealing a huge number of casino tokens from roulette tables. His partner in crime distracted the croupier, while Ferguson took the gambling tokes and fled, according to the prosecutor. Investigators have managed to recover $80,000 of the stolen casino tokens worth almost $180,000. Ferguson, who has an extensive criminal record, was detained one month ago. He has to appear in court on September 24.

Ocean's Eleven source of inspiration

There are many examples of people who try to defraud casinos. Ocean's Eleven (trailer) was a huge hit and maybe a source of inspiration for some people. However, it's extremely difficult to steal money from a gambling venue. Last month, we brought you the news about a cheating baccarat dealer at the Marina Bay Sands casino in Singapore. He has been sentenced to 11 weeks in prison.
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