A man from Missouri has been sentenced to over five years in jail as a consequence for robbing a bank back in January. How did he get caught? He used the stolen money as buy-in for a poker game at a local casino.
According to a criminal complaint, Timothy Karpovich, from Kansas City, robbed a bank of $1,052 (in increments of $10 and $2) on the morning January 22, 2018. After a few hours later, the 39-year-old used the money as buy-in so he can play at a poker table in Harrah's Casino.
Police heard from a poker room manager who saw a picture of the bank robbery suspect online and matched it with Karpovich, who was a regular player in the poker room.
According to police, surveillance footage showed Karpovich buying poker chips with the $10 bills that exactly matched the serial numbers of the "bait bills" given to him during the bank robbery.
While the police were at the casino inspecting the bait bills, they learned that Karpovich had come back to the casino to continue gambling. He was then arrested without any untoward incident.
In April, Karpovich pleaded guilty. He was facing up to 20 years in prison. The bank suffered a total loss of only $340, according to a court document.
Harrah's North Kansas City is home to 13 poker tables as well as 1,800 slot machines and video games.