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Man Indicted For Robbing Bank After Leaving Blackjack Table, Then Returning To Gamble

West Virginia Gambler Facing Long Prison Sentence If Convicted


A man who allegedly left a blackjack table only to return after robbing a nearby bank has been indicted by a grand jury.

According to reports, 52-year-old Kerry Johnson is accused of leaving the Mardi Gras Casino in West Virginia in early August, after putting a $25 chip on the table to keep his seat. Police say he then drove 13 miles to a nearby bank and told the tellers that he had a bomb. After leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash, he returned to the blackjack table to continue playing.

Johnson was arrested at his home, where police said they found a “large sum of U.S. currency” in between two couch cushions. Johnson denied that he robbed the bank.

He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Johnson told authorities that he makes about $120,000 a year, but suffers from a gambling addiction.

A similar incident happened in Pennsylvania in 2014. A man there was accused of having a bad gambling session, robbing a bank, and then going to a different casino.