If you’re going to pickpocket someone, don’t do it at a casino. The eyes in the sky are always watching and if you don’t believe that, check out this story.
Police arrested a New York City man after he was caught stealing cash from purses and pockets of casino patrons at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. As the accused (Chang Ming Liu of Flushing, Queens) walked through the casino, the security team watched him (on camera) walk up behind customers on the casino floor and steal their hard-earned cash.
He tried to conceal his efforts by hiding his pickpocketing hand under a jacket so that the eyes in the sky could spot it. What he didn’t realize, however, is that the security team at most casinos are trained to look for suspicious activity. When everyone is enjoying themselves and you are simply walking up behind people, chances are you’ll stick out like a sore thumb.
When Pennsylvania state police took Liu in for questioning, they discovered a bunch more video of the accused doing the same thing. He’d often go up to people who were focused on a game and attempt to steal from them.
This story is unfortunate, and the truth is you’re probably safer inside a casino than you are walking the streets of a major city in terms of having to worry about being robbed. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take precautions while gambling.
There’s a lot of money floating around inside a casino, especially if you’re a high roller or you happen to win a lot. If you’ve got a jacket pocket with cash in it, remove the cash before sitting down. Place your wallet in your front pocket. If you don’t have front pockets, place it on the table next to your chip stack. If you’ve got a purse, keep it on your lap, not on the floor.
If you’ve won some cash, don’t throw the chips in your jacket pocket. Carry the stack with you in your hands as you walk to the Cashier to cash them in. Anything could happen, even in a short period of time.
Still worried about being pickpocketed? Thank goodness for online casinos like Prism Casino. The only thing you have to worry about is those one-armed bandits.