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Suspects indicted in casino theft

26 January 2007

CALIFORNIA – As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle: "Three suspects were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges that they stole $198,000 during an elaborately planned predawn theft at a Humboldt County Indian casino.

"Peter Daniel Collins, 35, Emily Katherine Weitzel, 22, and Daniel Ivan Porter, 37, were named in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco for their alleged roles in the Nov. 1 theft at the Cher-Ae-Heights Casino in Trinidad operated by the Trinidad Rancheria tribe.

"…Porter was described in an affidavit as the inside man in the heist because he worked in the casino's surveillance room and had keys and electronic access to three security doors to the vault.

"Weitzel acted as the 'handoff woman,' playing slots in the casino until Porter gave her his keys, at which point she put on a disguise that included a wig and sunglasses and handed the keys to Collins, who dressed as a casino security officer and wore a hat and glasses to disguise himself, the affidavit said.

"During the heist, Porter manipulated the casino's surveillance cameras to follow real casino security officers, the affidavit said.

"…All three are to appear before U.S. Magistrate James Larson in San Francisco on Monday."

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