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Suspect Charged after Surveillance Cameras Capture Casino Wallet Theft

LINCOLN CITY—Surveillance camera footage quickly shredded a Chicago man’s denial of stealing a wallet inside Chinook Winds Casino Resort.

Lincoln City Police were called to the casino on Aug. 3 after a man reported the theft of his wallet containing $600 from the gaming floor. Casino security personnel showed the responding officer surveillance footage of Michael Alan Banks, 40, of Cincinnati, Ohio picking up the victim’s wallet when it was left on a machine.

According to a probable cause affidavit, when confronted by police in the casino parking lot, Banks claimed to have picked the wallet up off the floor and then tossed it on a nearby gaming machine before leaving the casino.

Banks allegedly admitted to taking the wallet after informed that video footage showed him taking the wallet from the machine, putting it in his back pocket and walking out the door. Banks told police he threw the wallet in an outside trashcan near his vehicle.

The wallet was recovered and Banks was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail charged with Theft II.

Justin Werner
Justin Werner
Justin Werner is the founder and editor of the Lincoln City Homepage, a trusted source of local news and information for residents and visitors of Lincoln City, Oregon. He is also a community leader, entrepreneur, and dedicated advocate for transparency and accountability in local government.


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