RPD: Suspects seen ‘fishing’ on local gaming machine walk away with thousands of dollars

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police are searching for a group of suspects wanted for ‘fishing’ on a gaming machine in the city’s southside on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The five suspects were seen at the Pop’s Bar & Grille on 210 Giant Drive, feeding cash into a gaming machine and pulling the bill back out, police said.

Fishing is a type of larceny in which the machine will register the bill as credit and allow gamers to play or cash out.

Chuck Lessin the owner of the bar and director of Charity Cheers told 8New in a statement that, the charity is allowed to fundraise off the electronic pull-tab machines.

“The suspects were able to take thousands of dollars from the charity,” Lessin said.

Lessin said the bar has 62 cameras inside. Those cameras were able to capture 12 different angles of the suspects and record them as they made their way out. He is hopeful this will help catch the suspects.

“We have been involved in charitable gaming for 35 years this has never happened and we hope this never happens again,” Lessin said.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about the identity of these individuals to call Third Precinct Detective O. Sovine at (804) 646-1950 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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