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Police: Halfmoon man punched Rivers Casino slot machine in Schenectady, faces felony

Police: Halfmoon man punched Rivers Casino slot machine in Schenectady, faces felony

Police: Halfmoon man punched Rivers Casino slot machine in Schenectady, faces felony
Slot machines at Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady
Photographer: File photo by MARC SCHULTZ/Staff PHOTOGRAPHER

SCHENECTADY -- A Halfmoon man punched a slot machine at Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady and now faces a felony, authorities said.

Thomas B. Waicul, 47, of Route 146, was arrested Saturday evening and charged with one count of second-degree criminal mischief.

Waicul is accused of intentionally damaging the slot machine at about 7:44 p.m. Saturday by hitting it with his fist, according to police allegations filed in court.

The strike caused glass on the machine to break, damage that totaled more than $1,500, the threshold for the second-degree criminal mischief charge, according to the allegations.

Waicul has since been released on his own recognizance.

This arrest follows an unrelated casino incident involving a Baccarat dealer and patron, who were each arrested earlier this month. In that case, the dealer and patron, also from Halfmoon, were accused of working together to take an estimated $20,000 from the casino through payouts on non-winning hands, according to allegations filed in that case.

Previous: Baccarat dealer, Halfmoon player accused in $20K theft from Rivers Casino in Schenectady, Feb. 10, 2020

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