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And the suspect played on

Post by News Tribune Staff on Feb. 24, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
February 24, 2009 4:23 pm

Puyallup Tribal Police nabbed a man on Friday they believe is behind three snatch-and-run thefts of cash from the Emerald Queen Casino dating back to 2006.

Arnold Edward Williams was charged Tuesday in Pierce County Superior Court with three counts of first-degree theft.

According to court records: A man grabbed money and tickets from Tribal Lottery System runners on Mar. 4, 2006, Oct. 11 2008 and Nov. 11, 2008.

On Feb. 20, security officers spotted Williams, whom they “recognized from previous incidents.”

The approached him as he played a slot machine.

“When officers informed the defendant that he was a robbery suspect, the defendant continued to play the slot machine.”

Officers said they believed Williams was their man because: 1) he looks the same as the thief on security video, 2) he has the same facial features, 3) he has a widows peak and receding hairline like the thief, 4) they walk the same way and 5) their jackets match.

“Upon viewing the video all of the officers agreed that the suspect in the video was the defendant.”

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