Woman charged over theft of $8,000 in chips from Rivers Casino
By Bob Garcia
The casino-goer couldn’t resist the temptation of trying to score some free cash
The start of last week was not at all pleasant for a Madison, WI, woman after she was charged by Des Plaines police for stealing 16 poker chips valued at $500 each from the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, IL. This brought the sum to a total of $8,000, and now the woman could be facing serious charges. It appears that the weight of conscience and the knowledge that she was being sought by authorities made the woman no longer resist and she wanted to start the week by accepting her guilt.
Police arrived at the casino after a call from management for a report of a theft. The officers were told that Vanessa Walls, 38, was seated at a blackjack table when she was allegedly seen taking a total of 16 chips from the dealer’s chip holder. Police indicated that, subsequent to this action, Walls left the building and got into a dark-colored Chevrolet pickup truck. As the vehicle left the scene, a 911 call was placed. Walls’ identity was recognized through her gambler’s card, which she had provided at the time she arrived at the casino.
Although the case had been assigned to a Des Plaines police detective at the time, efforts to find or contact her were unsuccessful. Late last month, police said they had obtained an arrest warrant from the Skokie courthouse, but it was not until a month later, on August 23, that police work was facilitated. Walls arrived at the police station, reporting that she had a warrant and wanted to turn herself in to authorities. Walls was immediately arrested for robbery and her sentence is still pending.