Man sentenced to 10 years in IL casino theft case

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A man will spend the next 10 years behind bars in the Illinois Department of Corrections for stealing from a casino.

Christopher Coleman, 45, pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing a stack of wrapped $100 bills worth a total of $10,000 from Casino Queen in East St. Louis last year. 

According to investigators from the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Gaming Board, on Aug. 31, Coleman walked up to one of the cashier windows at the casino seeking a cash advance. The cashier had just placed the stack of $100 bills on the counter, inside the protected cashier window, to refill her cash drawer.

The cashier momentarily left the stack unattended, and Coleman reached into the cage, picked up the stack and placed it in his pants pocket. When the cashier returned, Coleman canceled his cash advance request and left the Casino.

While a fugitive, Coleman committed an aggravated robbery at a bank in Madison County. He was later apprehended in North St. Louis and extradited to Illinois.

Coleman was charged with aggravated robbery for the Madison County bank robbery and theft over
$10,000 for the casino incident.

Wednesday, Coleman pleaded guilty to both charges and was sentenced to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and, and was ordered to repay the casino $10,000.

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