A Brief Look at Crime 5/3-5/9

St. Charles police arrest woman in Ameristar Casino theft

Police have arrested a woman suspected of swiping a bankroll from a man’s shirt pocket last week at the Ameristar Casino. Trenette Ryland, 34, of the 1300 block of Summergate Parkway in St. Charles County, has been charged with felony stealing.  Police say Ryland yanked $5,366 from a 66-year-old man’s pocket while they were standing near a set of elevators one morning last week at the casino.  Detectives went to her home last Thursday looking for her and spoke to her boyfriend, police said. Ryland later turned herself in at the St. Charles police station.

12,000 pokie players contemplate suicide each year: Oz study

Melbourne,  May  2: More than 12,000  people  in  Victoria contemplate  suicide each year due to their problems  with  poker machine gambling, a 12-month study suggests.  The  study, which consisted of 15,000 Victorians, found that  the prevalence  of  problem gambling in Victoria was the  worst  Down Under, reports News.com.au. ‘A Study of Gambling in Victoria Problem Gambling’ from a  Public Health Perspective was commissioned by the Department of Justice. The research found that more than 27 per cent of problem gamblers and 6 per cent of moderate risk gamblers admitted to  considering taking their own lives.

Deserted boy found at casino

Police were called to SkyCity casino yesterday after a child was found abandoned while his grandparents played bingo. The boy was waiting outside the main gaming room on the casino’s third floor. The Problem Gambling Foundation said the incident provided “very, very sad” evidence of the industry’s impact on families. Police communications inspector Matt Sillars said police attended but had not made any immediate arrests. SkyCity security management at first denied a neglected child had been found. However, SkyCity general counsel Peter Tracey later confirmed security staff found a 10-year-old boy about 10.30am. Tracey said the grandparents were playing bingo on the main gaming floor. He said occasionally people left their children unattended while gambling but they got the message that such behaviour was unacceptable.

Tougher charges against priest accused of stealing $300,000

The potential penalty a Catholic priest faces if found guilty of theft has increased as a result of DuPage County prosecutors being allowed to alter the wording of criminal charges against him. The Rev. John Regan, 46, who served at St. Walter’s Parish in Roselle from 2006 to 2008, is accused of stealing more than $300,000 from parishioners. Regan, who has been treated for a gambling problem, allegedly took cash and checks meant as church offerings and put them into his own bank account, said State’s Attorney Joseph Birkett. Regan paid off personal credit cards and made ATM cash withdrawals at riverboat casinos, Birkett said.

Multiple Casino Robberies Occur Around USA Over Past Week

Casino robberies are not exactly uncommon occurrences, and they seem to occur almost in strings, despite distance. Three significant events have occurred, including two casino hold ups and the robbing of a patron. In San Diego, the Lucky Lady Casino was not so lucky. Three armed assailants had entered the casino at about 9:20 in the morning, and remained in the building for under a minute. The men had escaped on foot, and police are currently searching for the would be robbers. These thieves failed to capture any money during their attempted heist.

On the other side of the nation, a casino had been robbed near Niagara Falls. The Seneca Niagara Casino was robbed by a white male. The male, who is reported to be in his 30’s, had entered the casino’s card room, walked to the cashier’s cage, and demanded a sum of $15,000 dollars under the pretext that he was carrying a weapon. The cashier complied with the burglar, though no weapon was seen.

The third robbery that took place in a casino is one with a slightly humorous ending. Police of Reno, Nevada had arrested three residents who had concocted a scheme to rob guests of the Circus Casino. Police stated that a woman had enticed a male guest up to her room. Upon arrival, two men emerged from the scene and robbed the guest at gun point. The suspects had reportedly brought the victim to the gaming floor in order to tap into his bank account. The casino’s astute security had been signaled that something was awry and subsequently aided in the apprehension of the would be thieves.

Gambino Crime Figure Commits Suicide

81-year old Gambino crime soldier, Anthony Anastasio, fatally shot himself this weekend, just days before he was set to serve a 2 ½ year prison term. Anastasio was convicted for racketeering , arson, and extortion. He was set to surrender himself to authorities on May 10 to begin the prison term. “It was a sudden death and his family is in mourning,” Anastasio’s lawyer, Paul Bergman, said, declining further comment. Police say they found a suicide note allegedly written by Anastasio, a .22-caliber handgun and two shell casings. The Fed’s have continued their aggressive attack against the Gambino crime family in New York. New indictments were handed down for 14 Gambino family members and associates on a variety of charges two weeks ago. The rash of charges in the indictments include extortion , wire fraud , illegal gambling , loansharking , narcotics trafficking, jury tampering , and sex trafficking of minors.

Former T.J. High official pleads guilty to embezzlement

A former financial officer at the region’s top science and technology magnet school pleaded guilty Thursday morning in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to embezzling money from student activities and sports accounts.  Susan Thanh Litwin, 37, who resigned in March after 18 years with the Fairfax County school system, withdrew $279,000 in student funds from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, using most of it to play blackjack in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, court records show.  “She has a gambling addiction,” said her attorney, Gregory Beckwith. Litwin, of Woodbridge, relinquished ownership of a house in Florida on Thursday morning and has plans to forfeit her retirement savings from the school system, worth about $60,000.

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