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Casino theft suspect caught

31 October 2006

VIRGINIA – As reported by the Louisiana Times-Picayune: "A 24-year-old LaPlace woman wanted by the St. John the Baptist Sheriff's Office for allegedly stealing more than $50,000 from a Reserve casino where she was employed was arrested in an apartment in Virginia Monday by U.S. marshals, authorities said.

"Deputy U.S. marshals from the Eastern District of Tennessee captured Elizabeth Williams of 508 C Revere Drive inside an apartment she rented in the 800 block of Portsmouth Avenue in Bristol, Va. She was wanted on a warrant from St. John for theft.

"Williams, a cashier at the Riverbend Palace Casino on Airline Highway, was wanted by authorities for allegedly stealing $52,283 and documents concerning the money from the business on Oct. 21.

"…St. John authorities issued a warrant after casino surveillance cameras caught her emptying cash from about 30 machines inside the establishment around 4 a.m. during her 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift on Oct. 21, a casino manager had said.

"Williams, who had been employed with the casino for a month and worked at both its Reserve and St. Rose locations, allegedly took three trash bag outside, but only placed two into the casino's garbage bins…"

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