It has been some time since a story of stolen poker chips has made the news, as casinos and gaming facilities take care to provide extensive security measures to keep chips safe and secure. The most recent case of poker chip thievery comes from the state of Illinois where a young man was arrested after being accused of stealing poker chips from poker pro Matthew Kirk, not during game play but from Kirk’s very own home.
The man in question is thirty two year old Dustin R. Campbell of Blandinsville who now faces charges of Grand Theft for taking $420,000 in poker chips. Campbell was arrested in Illinois after a warrant was sent out for his arrest from the police department of Los Angeles.
The Assistant State’s Attorney of McDonough County Rachel Bloom stated that they have no indication from California that Bloom is considered a suspect in the theft. News room WGEM tried to speak with James Hoyle, the State’s Attorney, but were unable to receive a comment on the case.
According to Sheriff Rick VanBrooker, the theft took place in late January when Campbell was said to have stolen the chips from poker pro Matthew Kirk’s apartment which is located on Ventura Boulevard. The poker chips had been earned from various casinos.
Campbell reportedly found the chips in the bedroom of Kirk’s apartment and then took them to the casino where he was able to cash them in for $200,000. He then left the casino and immediately flew to Chicago to get away. The LAPD has footage of Campbell cashing in the chips at the casino.
The deputies of McDonough County has been working with the LAPD for a month on the case and arrested Campbell outside of his home earlier this week. During the arrest, the deputies found $40,000 in cash as well as $20,000 in poker chips. The investigation is said to continue as to where portions of the money have gone.
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