When anyone visits a casino, it is important to be aware of the surroundings. Casinos can be prime location for criminal activity. With cash flowing on a regular basis and drinking to be done, many gamblers can lose their inhibitions and forget to be careful. This is when the criminals step in. Many gamblers across the United States have been robbed and violated for leaving the casino with a large sum of money. Criminals will watch a player for hours, just waiting for the right time to step in. One man is now going to spend a significant amount of his life in jail after robbing a craps winner in the state of Illinois.
Marvino Mister of Peoria, Illinois has been sentenced to thirty years in prison for robbing a craps player on April 12th of 2012. According to the Pantagraph, Mister followed Sean Harrigan, a University of Illinois student at the time, a great distance across the state to get his hands on several thousand dollars.
According to Champaign County Circuit Court documents, Mister, along with an accomplice, watched Harrigan for several hours at the Par-A-Dice casino. Harrigan was on a roll at the craps table, taking down a total win of $23,000. When Harrigan left the casino with two of his friends, Mister and his accomplice followed them back to Champaign.
Mister pulled a gun and robbed Harrigan of his $2,500 in craps prize money. Harrigan was left unharmed but short a piece of his winnings. Mister was joined in the robbery by John Williamson, another man of Peoria. Williamson has been charged in this case as well with armed robbery but has decided to plead not guilty.
This instance just goes to show that one can never be too careful when it comes to leaving a casino after a large win. Never flash too much cash and always be aware of who is around you. If anything, ask a security guard to follow you out so that you can at least have an added sense of security.