Poker Playing Bank Robber Busted In Kansas City

A poker player in Kansas City has been charged the bank robbery that took place last week in the Arrest Bank in that city. Joshua Aaron Hoover, 33, was caught on camera waiting in line for the teller before saying to her when he took his turn, “Give me $5,800 or I’ll shoot you in the face.”

The teller complied and Hoover fled the scene and ran straight into a nearby barbershop where he changed his appearance by having his hair cut and beard shaved before leaving in different clothes. According to the person working in the barbershop, Hoover was out of breath and told him that he’d run down to get his haircut during his lunch hour. The change of appearance didn’t help much though, as surveillance cameras in the bank got a good look at the robber and led cops on a trail from the bank to the barbershop and then a day later, to the Ameristar Casino, where Hoover had changed much of his robbery proceeds into poker chips to take part in a local tournament that was going to be taking place.

Of the $5,800 that he stole, $2,000 was in poker chips and another $1,000 was in gaming vouchers. He also had $2,115 in cash. According to police, Hoover was going to use the poker game as a way to launder his stolen money.

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