81-year-old man chases down alleged thief after being robbed of casino winnings at ATM
An 81-year-old man chased down a man who allegedly robbed him of his casino winnings, as police reports that the man is facing charges for robbing the elderly couple—though losing the steal in the struggle that ensued.
According to investigators, the couple went to an ATM at an undisclosed Ottawa bank on Sunday afternoon to deposit their casino winning when the incident occurred.
The suspect was stood at an adjacent ATM when he asked the couple for assistance, before proceeding to hijack their money envelope while they were distracted and fled with it.
Police reported that, “the 81-year-old man chased the suspect in his car and cornered him in a nearby alley, where he recovered the money after a brief struggle.”
A witness then took a description of the suspect and a cellphone photograph which aided the officers in capturing the suspect.
The 44-year-old Ottawa man now faces multiple charges including robbery with violence and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.
One of the major disadvantages of land-based casinos is evidently the lack of convenience, and gamblers are exposed to numerous threats such as getting robbed after claiming a winning. Just like the case of the elderly man, there have also been more cases of land-based casino players getting robbed of their winnings.
In April, Prince Albert police were notified of a robbery that occurred at a bar, where a woman who had won a large amount of cash at a Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) was robbed. 81-year-old man chases down alleged thief after being robbed of casino winnings at ATM
According to police reports, the woman kept the winnings in her purse and was trailed while she was leaving the bar by a man who threatened her with a knife, and physically snatched her purse before fleeing.
Officers located the suspect later that night at a bar in the 600-block of Marquis Road East. The suspect fled the building but was later discovered hiding in some bushes on 6th Avenue East.
The 29-year-old Regina man was arrested by officers and the knife used in the attack was found in the bushes. However, the purse containing the winnings was not recovered.
The suspect is facing multiple charges for stealing personal property while armed with an offensive weapon, possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace and refusing to provide his identity.
Online casinos have become increasingly popular amongst gamblers as it provides an immediate solution to some challenges encountered while playing at a traditional casino. Players can enjoy their favorite casino games at the comfort of their homes and choose the best casinos by reading reviews of the most popular online casinos in Canada—achieving all this without worrying about travel expenses or theft.
In 2017, an anonymous player who had just signed up at an online casino barely two hours ago after returning from a nightshift, hit a $3.47 million jackpot soon after starting play with a little $2.67 spin.
“I woke my partner up and said, ‘Hey, I think I’ve won £2.8 million (UK pound sterling equivalent),’” said the winner, from Sweden. “She had a bit of a shock there, in the middle of the night.”