After several months of being put under surveillance, a croupier working at the Cromwell Mint Casino in London has been arrested for thievery when he was caught red-handed stealing poker chips worth thousands of pounds.
The croupier possessed a secret tube hidden in his pocket, with which he used to drop the chips, leading down to his socks. After the dirty deed, he passed them to a female accomplice during his break. Another accomplice will then pretend to be a casino winner and cash in the chips.
There is still no information revealed to the public regarding the exact sum of money that this man managed to steal from the London-based casino; however, it has been reported by the police that they found around £12,000 in cash when they searched the croupier's residence.
Bosses of the London casino began to suspect that their Romanian employee was stealing gaming chips while he was working, and so they decided to keep a close eye on him. Last month, once they have nearly deduced his scheme, they ordered that he be searched right before he gets the chance to meet his female accomplice (described as an "Eastern European beauty") on a fire escape while he was on his cigarette break.
"The chips literally fell out of him as he stood outside in the street. He even had some secreted in his socks," a casino source stated.
The investigators believe that another friend of the croupier, posing as a casino winner, visited the establishment with the intent to cash in the stolen poker chips.
Despite this, the dishonest croupier was only cautioned by the police, and no charges were made against him. Of course, the casino fired him right on the spot.
According to a leaked information, the now ex-croupier was earning about £30,000 annually, plus tips.
This incident actually attracted a lot of attention because it is quite a rare occurrence for casino employees to attempt to steal chips at their place of work since there are numerous surveillance cameras watching their every move.
Cromwell Mint Casino is a subsidiary of the Genting Casinos UK group, which also owns Crockfords in Mayfair, the casino that's reported to have withheld almost £8 million of Phil Ivey's winnings right after they accused him of cheating by using a technique called "edge sorting" at the game punto-banco.