Man Robbed A Bank So He Could Continue Gambling

A West Virginia gambler left a local casino to rob a nearby bank and returned to a blackjack table and bet more money.

An addicted gambler ran out of money while betting at a casino, so he decided to rob a nearby bank in order to continue to play blackjack.

Kerry Johnson, 52, stole money from the City National Bank in West Virgina after he ran out of gambling money playing at the nearby Mardi Gras Casino, The Independent reported.

Johnson left a $25 chip to hold his spot at a blackjack table then left the casino and handed the bank teller a note demanding money.

Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives for the Charleston Police Department told the Gazette Mail, “He entered the bank, he presented a demand note and robbed the bank of an undisclosed amount of cash.”

The note was a form of interrogation to the bank teller, declaring a large amount of money, and threatening the teller with his alleged weapon and bomb he supposedly had in tow, according to WJLA.

Surveillance cameras at the bank caught images of the robber prior to the employee handing him an undetermined amount of money.

Johnson apparently drove off in his brand new Mazda Miata and returned to the blackjack table with his fresh gambling spending money.  

Police found coincidental evidence at Johnson’s house that was linked to the surveillance footage and he is awaiting conviction.

“I didn’t rob the bank,” Johnson said. “It wasn’t me [in the picture].”

The gambler may face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty and is being held on a $50,000 bond.

It’s understandable that this dedicated gambler ran out of money, but he could have borrowed money from a loved one rather than steal money. 

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