Kansas City Poker Player Robs Bank After Losing, Gets Arrested Back at the Casino

A Kansas City poker player admitted to robbing a bank in federal court on Tuesday. Timothy Karpovich, 39, was arrested at Harrah's Casino in North Kansas City just a few days after losing all his money in a poker game at the same casino.

Bank surveillance photos taken during a bank robbery at a bank at KCB Bank in Bonner Springs on January 22 were released to local news. Tipsters identified the suspect in the photos as Karpovich and informed the FBI that he was a regular at Harrah's North Kansas City Casino poker room.

The bank employee also reported the incident to the FBI. She said Karpovich passed her a handwritten note on the back of an envelope that read, “this is a robbery.” She complied with the robbery by filling the envelope with $1,052 in cash. He did not show a weapon during the robbery, and no one was injured. She then witnessed Karpovich flee the bank on foot.

A casino employee was able to identify Karpovich from the casino's surveillance footage. She informed the FBI that he had been in the casino poker room and bought into the game with $10 bills. Investigators were able to confirm that the bills came from the bank by using their serial numbers.

Karpovich returned to the casino while investigators were inside inspecting the bills. He was arrested on sight. Upon his arrest, Karpovich admitted to FBI agents that he decided to rob the bank after losing all his money in a poker game at the casino.

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