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Old 12-18-2012, 05:08 PM
 
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Last Sunday AM (late Saturday night, I guess) I was playing poker at one of the major strip casinos. I switched seats at my table as a couple people were leaving; there was a bit of commotion with 'musical chairs' for a couple minutes. (This is pretty common at the poker tables.) Once I'd moved my chips & my drink, I went back to get my jacket & it was gone. The jacket's not the biggest problem; I had my iPad & noise-cancelling headphones in an inner pocket, which obviously have significant value.

I went to security to report the issue & they were mostly clueless & indifferent, saying they couldn't do anything. I went back to the poker room shift supervisor (who knows me well) & he called surveillance, who checked security tapes given the specific timeframe & location we provided. It turns out they did see someone take my jacket from the previous seat at the table. Here's the problem: They couldn't ID the person & won't let me see the security tape.

Here are my questions:
1) Should I automatically file a police report with metro? How much will the casino usually do on their own, knowing their image/reputation is involved? Will I get anywhere asking for a screenshot of the individual? It's possible I could ID them on my own.
2) Are there particular people inside the casino who will be more useful than others? Frontline security was useless. I'm thinking of someone higher up in security or management who will care about their image if something is stolen in an environment like a poker room, where players regularly leave over a thousand dollars on the table while using the washroom. There's an implied level of trust that one's chips/etc will be safe with dealers & floorpeople from the casino nearby.
3) Once the person's identity has been (hopefully) established, is it generally Metro's job to pursue? My guess is outside casino property the casino can't/won't do much. I want to make sure Metro pursues this & presses charges.
4) Any other insight someone with casino experience can provide?

Thanks for any & all insight.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:15 PM
 
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There is LITTLE they can do unless they actually catch the person in the act or before they leave the casino grounds... you're pretty much SOL. If you had stopped the person or brought it to the floors attention prior to them leaving the casino, then they could have helped.

I play all the time all over the valley and I always take my coat, bills and big denom chips whenever I get up, specially to go to the bathroom.

Sorry this happened, but it happens all the time and it's behooves us to be responsible for our own protection.

Casino Security is really there to protect the properties interests... not ours.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:56 AM
 
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Filing a report with Metro would most likely be a waste of your time too. They will almost certainly deem it to be too petty of a case that would likely require too much work with too little chance of success to be worth their time. For all practical purposes, Metro is essentially an employee of the casinos, and if the casino doesn't want to get involved, Metro won't want to touch it either (although as attempted cover they'd probably try to tell you they were working hard on the case).

The casino might have a little more interest in trying to help if you were a retiree that's a regular in the high limit slot room blowing the nest egg. Not much net profit comes from a poker table rake in comparison. And a crook walking with a few hundred dollars of unattended items is not going to cause much of a black eye in bad publicity for them to worry about... that's hardly newsworthy.

Yeah it sucks, but probably the best thing to do is write it off as a cost of education and move on.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:40 AM
 
Location: In the Silver State of Nevada in Las Vegas NV
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Just like in a mall or restaurant or most public places you get screwed unless the thief is caught red handed. I have seen this happen in a casino a woman stealing pocket books and Metro was called and out she went in handcuffs but she was caught with the stolen stuff. If you notice many woman leave their stuff in shopping carts and they are asking for it to be stolen. Same with your coat too bad we live in such of a society that does this. I usually lock up my coat in the car and leave my electronic devices there also when going into a casino.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:43 AM
 
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You might check with your homeowner's policy or renter's policy sometimes things like that are covered but with a deductible. Also if you purchased the Ipad with a Platinum Visa, American Express sometimes there is coverage.

I still would try to file a report with the LVPD probably will be a phone report or online report. If you have the serial number of the unit that is the most important part as it can be listed with the pawn shops. Did you have the "Find my ipad" program? Also try some of the local pawn shops yourself that is why the serial number is so important. Also check craigslist you wouldn't believe how many thieves still list on craigslist.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Pahrump, NV
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when i worked at the casinos, i became buddies with the local security dude. i worked swing shift & he would walk me to my car. he made it very clear that if i was attacked in the parking lot, he couldn't do anything to help me. he was there to observe & report, that's it.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:03 PM
 
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when i worked at the casinos, i became buddies with the local security dude. i worked swing shift & he would walk me to my car. he made it very clear that if i was attacked in the parking lot, he couldn't do anything to help me. he was there to observe & report, that's it.
He'd observe and report a dead body if someone attacked me in a parking lot. Either me, or the attacker.

OP, I think you are hosed with regards to your stolen belongings. It happened to me when I was very young and I learned real quick to keep my eyes on my purse. Sorry that happened to you.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:10 PM
 
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As a regular poker player I'd sure be interested knowing in which casino this happened?
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:41 PM
 
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Here are my questions:
1) Should I automatically file a police report with metro? How much will the casino usually do on their own, knowing their image/reputation is involved? Will I get anywhere asking for a screenshot of the individual? It's possible I could ID them on my own.

I would agree with the general consensus that you are not going to get your jacket back. However, I would file a report with Metro Police, preferably in public in the middle of the casino.

Theft rings thrive in certain casinos as they know management is not all that concerned about some of the petty crimes.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:31 AM
 
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As a regular poker player I'd sure be interested knowing in which casino this happened?
you can figure it's just about every room on the strip.
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