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Two charged in brazen A.C. heists

17 September 2009

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey -- As reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer: "The chips are down for two Georgia men who allegedly pulled off three brazen heists earlier this week at two Atlantic City casinos. The burglaries netted gaming chips worth more than $72,000, state police said.

"A surveillance camera captured images of a man early Monday as he used a screwdriver to pry a locked glass security device off a Showboat Casino Hotel gaming table.

"After removing the device, called a chip float, the man snatched $18,600 in chips that had been stowed underneath, a state police spokesman said.

"Early Tuesday morning, the same man with an accomplice struck twice at Caesar's, hitting closed gaming tables at 3:30 a.m. and again at 4:30 a.m. to pilfer a total of $53,550 in chips.

"...(Richard) Newman, (55, of Lawrenceville, Ga) and Gustavo Acuna, 22, of Gainesville, Ga., were arrested without incident. Inside the Chrysler, police found $50,000 in chips and cash, and two stun guns.

"Both men were charged with theft by unlawful taking, conspiracy to commit theft, money laundering, possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. They were being held today on $150,000 bail each at the Atlantic County Jail..."

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