A Black Hawk, Colo., casino employee was charged after surveillance video showed her taking $500,000 from the vault and leaving with it, according to an arrest affidavit, but she claims she was “following orders.” ” which he believed came from the bosses of the casino.
Sabrina Ann Eddy was charged with theft of an item valued at $100,000 or more but less than $1 million, according to the affidavit.
A Colorado Division of Gaming investigator wrote in a probable cause affidavit that he was called to Monarch Casino by security personnel on March 12 and was shown surveillance video of Eddy from that same night, when the woman from For 44 years, she had been working as a cashier in the casino cage, an area where money is handled in a casino.
Just before 1 a.m., Eddy reached into the vault and began taking $50,000 worth of bricks of money, according to the affidavit.
“Each time Eddy picked up the bundles she would put them in the same box,” the researcher wrote.
Eddy covered the bills with rags and taped the box shut before leaving the casino in a gold minivan, the document states. About an hour and a half later, according to the affidavit, surveillance video shows Eddy returning to the casino and picking up four more wads of cash in the same manner.
“The total value of all the stacks removed by Eddy was $500,000,” the investigator wrote.
A casino spokesman confirmed that a robbery had taken place, but declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation.
A spokesperson for the state Division of Gaming confirmed that the agency is conducting administrative and criminal investigations into the theft, but also declined to comment further.