Now, I admit that I don’t know a whole lot about theft. Breaking the law just isn’t my sort of thing. To me, most theft seems kind of dumb…particularly since criminals seem to get caught more often. However, stealing high-value poker chips from a Las Vegas casino seems even dumber than normal.
I’m thinking about his because I ran across this article about how police believe that Akingide Cole allegedly stole $1.6 million in high-value chips from the Venetian casino in Las Vegas. I’m kind of impressed that this guy managed to make off with so much in chips, but that sense of being impressed doesn’t go very far.
First off, he had to know he was on camera. I don’t think there is a square inch of Las Vegas that isn’t constantly being recorded for security purposes. There is a heck of a lot of money passing through that town. Those people don’t play around. It isn’t like people don’t know that.
Second, I keep thinking how casino chips have no inherent value. They are only worth what the casino itself will give for them. If they don’t honor them, then you have some fun pieces of plastic or such.
Cole will have to remember that the casino has his picture. If he goes to cash in the chips, they’ll probably just catch him instead of hand over any money. Even if he gives the chips to someone else to claim, it sounds like the casino will be suspicious and probably just detain that person for police instead of pay up. Apparently only a small number of people ever get such chips and the casino knows who they are.
So, it looks like Mr. Cole got a big lot of nothing for all this. There is a good chance police are going to find him and very little chance he’ll ever get any money. If he is found guilty, he’ll be serving a lot of time despite the fact that he had almost no chance of getting paid. That’s a high risk for such a small potential of getting anything…making it seem even dumber to me than a more mundane theft.
Anyway, that’s just my ramblings on the matter.