12 News Investigates: Casino winners targeted after leaving casino

12 News Investigates: Casino winners targeted after leaving casino


INVESTIGATES HOW GAMBLERS ARE
TARGETED BEFORE THEY EVEN GET TO
THEIR CARS.

LOIS JOKES SHE WILL BE BURIED
WITH HER COLLECTION OF
PHOTOGRAPHS FOR HER DEATH FROM
HER CASINO WINNINGS, $86,000.
SO YOU ARE PRETTY GOOD AT THIS?
YES, I AM.
I WIN A LOT.
I AM LUCKY.
SHE KNOWS THAT WHEN SHE PLAYS
THE SLOT MACHINES, SHE IS
GAMBLING WITH HER SAFETY.
CASH, CREDIT CARDS, DRIVERS
LICENSE —
EIGHT YEARS AGO, SHE ONE OF
$11,000, THEN DROVE HOME TO
RICHFIELD.
IN HER GARAGE, SHE FELT SOMEONE
RIP HER PURSE FROM HER SHOULDER.
POLICE ARRESTED RONNIE WALKEN’S
— WATKINS, NOW IN
JAIL FOR
ROBBING GAMBLERS.
A 12 NEWS REVIEW
OF AREA
POLICE REPORTS OVER THE LAST
THREE YEARS UNCOVERED IS CURVING
— UNCOVERED DISTURBING EVIDENCE
THAT CROOKS CONTINUE TO TARGET
PATRONS.
SOME OCCURRED ON CASINO
PROPERTY.
TWO WAUKESHA WOMEN HELD UP AS
THEY LEFT COUNTING THEIR CASH.
A WAUWATOSA WOMAN KNOCKED
UNCONSCIOUS AND ROBBED.
OFF-SITE, A MILWAUKEE MAN
ROBERT
— ROBBED AT GUNPOINT AFTER
GIVING ANOTHER MAN A RIDE HOME.
A MILWAUKEE WOMAN MUGGED AFTER
TAKING THE BUS HOME.
A MILWAUKEE COUPLE FOLLOWED HOME
AND ROBBED.
IN MAY, GREENFIELD WOMAN
ATTACKED AT HOME AFTER LEAVING
THE CASINO.
12 NEWS OBTAINED SURVEILLANCE
VIDEO THAT IS NOW EVIDENCE AND
HER CASE COULD JIMMY J RILEY
,
CROSSING PASS WITH THIS
79-YEAR-OLD SLOT MACHINE PLAYER.
SHE HAD NO IDEA ANYONE WAS
WATCHING.
WHEN SHE GOT HOME, A MAN SHOVED
HER INTO THE TRUNK AND TOOK OFF
WITH HER PURSE.
CASINO VIDEO SHOWS RILEY
RETURNING TO THE CASINO,
WHERE
POLICE SAY HE TRIED TO USE THE
WOMAN’S ATM CARD AND HIT THE
TABLES AGAIN.
THE WOMAN DID NOT WANT TO TALK
ON CAMERA.
LOIS KNOWS THAT FEAR.
I DIDN’T GO BACK FOR A LONG
TIME.
SHE BELIEVES THAT SOME CASINO
POLICIES ACTUALLY PUT WINNERS IN
JEOPARDY.
BIG HITS TRIGGER PHOTOS, BELLS,
AND FLASHING LIGHTS.
EVERYBODY KNOWS IT’S YOU.
CHECKS ARE GIVEN FOR PAYOUTS
OF MORE THAN $5,000.
EVERYONE KNOWS THAT MOST WINNERS
WALK AWAY WITH CASH.
WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IS
THEN BE MORE CAREFUL WITH THE
PEOPLE WHO ARE PLAYING AND
WINNING AND TRYING TO PROTECT
THEM.
SHE SAYS KNOWING THE DANGER
HAS TAKEN SOME OF THE JOY OUT OF
HER GAME.
I AM STILL SCARED.
BY E-MAIL, POTTAWATOMIE
CASINO SAYS INCIDENTS DO OCCUR
ON RARE OCCASIONS.
THE PROPERTY HAS IMPLEMENT IT
MEASURES TO KEEP GUESTS SAFE.
JOYCE: THAT HAS TO BE
SO SCARY
FOR PEOPLE.
THE CASINO SAYS GUESS CAN GET
CHECKS FOR THE WINNINGS?
ALL WISCONSIN CASINOS ISSUE
CHECKS ABOVE $1200.
POTTAWATOMIE CASINOS GUIDELINES
HAS BEEN $5,000, BUT IT’S GUESTS
CAN ASK FOR A CHECK, AND CASINO

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