Police nab dealer for stealing HK$300,000 chips

Saturday, August 16, 2008
Issue 437, Page 4
Word count: 270
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

A casino dealer who allegedly stole HK$300,000 worth of chips for gambling and repaying debts was arrested by the Judiciary Police (PJ) yesterday.

Another man was also arrested for allegedly helping the dealer cash the chips in the casino in Taipa.

A police spokesman Choi Iat Peng said the casino had reported the incident about a week ago, saying one of its dealers was suspected of stealing chips at work.

Police then carried out surveillance but the man accused showed no signs of committing the accused crime, Mr Choi said.

However, in the last few days of the week the suspect started being absent from work. Police then went through the casino’s video tapes of the past 10 days and found the dealer stole 10 chips each worth HK$10,000 from the gaming table and then hid them in his socks.

Mr Choi said the dealer would then go to the staff rest room and call his accomplice to come collect and cash the chips at the counter.

It was believed that the dealer had at least stole chips three times with a total of HK$100,000 each, the spokesman added.

The dealer surnamed Hon, 25, had worked in the casino for a year.

His accomplice was surnamed Lou, 43. Both suspects are local residents and were arrested at their homes in the northern district yesterday morning.

Mr Choi said Lou would be given a share of 30 percent of the chips’ value, while Hon would spend the remaining shares mainly on gambling and repaying debts.

The suspects were sent to the Public Prosecutions Office yesterday and will be charged with embezzlement.

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