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Casino Employee Walks Away From Keys, and $193K Is Taken

Wind Creek Montgomery casino suffered a theft on Aug. 10
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2018 8:35 AM CDT
Benjamin Franklin close-up from a $100 bill.   (Getty Images/Panama7)

(Newser) – Misplaced keys usually don't result in federal charges, but that was apparently the case in Alabama. The Montgomery Advertiser reports Timothy Dean Pettiway has been charged with theft from a gaming establishment on Indian lands after allegedly stealing $192,800 from Wind Creek Montgomery casino on Aug. 10. Federal prosecutors allege an employee left keys to two kiosks on top of a machine and that Pettiway retrieved them and used them to remove the box of $100 bills from kiosks 8 and 19. He allegedly took the boxes one at a time into a bathroom that his nephew, Jory D'Michael Travunn Dumas, was in; the emptied cash boxes were later found in a stall.

Dumas, a former casino employee who had been fired for theft, was also arrested Tuesday, but he was dismissed from the case Friday after prosecutors said they mistakenly identified him as the one who had collected the keys. He has been advised that he's not immune from future charges. Pettiway was on Friday denied bond, with the judge citing his decades-long criminal history and the fact that the $192,800 remains missing. "A person with access to that much cash would have a reasonable opportunity to flee," said US Magistrate Judge Gray Borden, per the Advertiser. AL.com reports the Poarch Band of Creek Indians runs three Wind Creek casino locations in Alabama, including the one that was hit. (A top gambler lost out on $10.2 million after a court ruled he cheated.)

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