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Police: Man took wallet he found on Rivers Casino floor


Police: Man took wallet he found on Rivers Casino floor

It contained about $3,000 in cash, documents show
Police: Man took wallet he found on Rivers Casino floor
Inside Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady.
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ

SCHENECTADY — A Scotia man found another man's dropped wallet at Rivers Casino and Resort in October and made off with its contents — about $3,000, authorities said Wednesday.

Derek R. Adair, 32, now faces two counts of felony fourth-degree grand larceny in connection with the Oct. 9 incident, according to court documents. Police arrested him Tuesday.

The incident happened just after midnight that morning. The patron reported that he had lost his wallet at the casino with a credit/debit card inside, along with about $3,000 in cash and the victim's personal identification, and that it may have been taken, according to court documents and prosecutor William Sanderson.

The casino reviewed its surveillance cameras and soon found the patron. The video showed the patron accidentially dropping the wallet, Sanderson said.

About 15 minutes later, a man later identified as Adair is seen on the footage as spotting the wallet, picking it up and then going to a bathroom. The man then left the bathroom and the casino, Sanderson said.

By using the surveillance video and casino records, the casino was able to identify the man who picked up the wallet as Adair, Sanderson said.

Police went to one address listed for him, but were told he no longer lived there, Sanderson said.

Police then encountered Adair early Tuesday, just after 3 a.m., during a traffic stop on Brandywine Avenue, records show. 

Police arrested him in the October wallet case, as well as a misdemeanor aggravated unlicensed operation count related to the traffic stop.

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