Two named in separate casino thefts in Gary

2012-08-02T20:24:00Z 2012-08-02T20:48:15Z Two named in separate casino thefts in GaryBy Bill Dolan bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328 nwitimes.com
August 02, 2012 8:24 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Authorities say two casino customers were up against more than bad luck when they lost their money last month.

The Lake County prosecutor's office charged Shadie M. Alameria, 25, of Tinley Park, Ill., and Karen Pinsky, 63, of Hammond, with committing theft at the Majestic Star Casinos in Gary.

Nick Rentas of the Indiana Gaming Commission said a customer playing poker about 11 p.m. July 14 had to leave the table momentarily. Casino rules required him to leave his chips, worth $160, behind. He found them missing when he returned.

Rentas said video from a surveillance camera shows Alameria scooping the chips off the table with his left hand while the victim was away and leaving the building minutes later.

Curtis Waldrop, of the gaming commission, alleges a female customer playing a slot machine about 1 a.m. July 17, left her wallet behind when she moved to another area of the casinos.

Waldrop said a surveillance camera shows Pinsky sitting down at the same machine two minutes later, unzipping the wallet, removing money from it and turning it over to a casino attendant.

The victim later reported her wallet missing, recovered it from the casinos and claimed 10 $100 bills were missing from it.

Waldrop said he and other investigators questioned Pinsky when she return to the casinos six days later.

She first denied taking any money, then admitted taking only one $100 bill.

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



About Gary

City of Gary

City Hall Office of the Mayor
401 Broadway Gary, IN 46402
219.881.1302

Police Department

555 Polk St. Gary, IN 46402
219.881.1201
219.881.1214 Front Desk
219.881.1293 Fax

Fire Department

200 East 5th Avenue Gary, IN 46402
219.881.4779 - 24 Hour Business

Parks and Recreation

455 Massachusetts St. Gary, IN 46402
219.886.7099
219.881.0008 Fax

Gary Community School Corporation

620 East 10th Place Gary, IN 46402
219.881.5481