Man charged in theft of $192,800 from Alabama casino

Credit: Paula Bronstein

Credit: Paula Bronstein

A federal judge on Friday denied bond for one man and dismissed charges against another man accused of robbing $192,800 from an Alabama casino last week, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

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Timothy Dean Pettiway and Jory D’Michael Travunn Dumas were arrested Tuesday after they were accused of stealing the money from two machines that were accessed when a employee at the Wind Creek Casino Montgomery left keys atop a kiosk Aug. 10.

On Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gray Borden dismissed charges against Dumas, as security footage from multiple cameras presented by the U.S. Attorney's Office showed that it was Pettiway -- and not Dumas, who is Pettiway's nephew -- who had taken the keys, the Advertiser reported.

FBI Special Agent Matthew Minshew testified Friday that a casino employee checked out keys to kiosks 8 and 19. After speaking with another employee the woman walked away and left her keys on top of the machine, according to court testimony.

A man who Minshew identified as Pettiway then retrieved the keys and took one cash box that contained $100 bills into a restroom, the Advertiser reported. He then walked to the other kiosk and did the same thing, the newspaper reported.

The employee who lost her keys reported them missing. After watching security cameras, authorities entered the restroom to find empty cash boxes in a handicapped stall. The boxes belonged to machines 8 and 19, the Advertiser reported

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians Nation, which owns the casino, declined to make a statement and referred questions to the FBI, the Advertiser reported.

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