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Beavers Weave Stolen Casino Cash into Dam

15 November 2004

LOUISIANA – As reported by the Australian: "Beavers found a bag of bills stolen from a casino, tore it open and wove the money into the sticks and brush of their dam on a creek near Baton Rouge.

"'They hadn't torn the bills up. They were still whole,' said Major Michael Martin of the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office.

"The money was part of at least $US70,000 ($91,000) taken last week from the Lucky Dollar Casino in Greensburg, about 50 kilometres north-east of Baton Rouge.

"Sheriff's deputies in St Helena Parish, where the truck stop video poker casino is located, have accused a security guard at the casino of disabling its security cameras. Jacqueline Wall, 25, was arrested for criminal theft, Maj. Martin said.

"…Deputies had searched for the money for days before a lawyer called with a tip: the money had been thrown into the creek.

"…They found one money bag right away. The second was downstream, against the beaver dam.

"After trying unsuccessfully to find the third bag in the deep water near the dam, Maj. Martin said, deputies began to break it down to release some of the water so they could search in a shallower pool.

"That was when they saw the dam's expensive decoration…"

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