A man hedging his bets at a casino has stolen $33 million from the establishment using its surveillance system and an earpiece, according to a March 15, 2013 Huffington Post report.
ABC reports that the man, who has yet to be identified, was playing games at high stakes VIP tables and had information garnered from the Crown Casino’s surveillance system and had it relayed to him via an earpiece.
According to MSN, the thief was identified using surveillance footage and has been banned from the company’s casinos. In addition, a casino VIP staff who was assigned to look after the man has been fired, but there was no word as to whether the employee was part of the scam.
Barron Stringfellow, a Las Vegas based casino consultant, told ABC that such schemes—where one person wears an earpiece and an accomplice sits somewhere in or out of the casino watching tables on a surveillance camera—are quite common and many go unreported because casinos don’t want the bad publicity from the heists.