A one-time Monarch Casino cashier is still detained this week for reportedly pilfering $500,000 from the Colorado gaming property. However, the accused individual claims that she was just following orders from the casino executives.
This past Monday, Sabrina Eddy, 44, was accused of taking stacks of cash from a Monarch Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk vault on March 12. According to a state Division of Gaming arrest affidavit reported by Colorado TV station KUSA, Eddy placed the money into a box, which she filled with what appeared to be rags, and taped it shut. She then drove away with the box in a minivan.
Fortunately, surveillance video captured the incident, prompting the Division of Gaming to investigate the theft. Subsequently, Eddy was apprehended and placed in Gilpin County jail the same day. She is due to appear in court soon.
Eddy claimed that she was told to take the money by a man who said he was the casino’s head of operations and another man who she identified as a cage manager. According to her, the casino needed the money for a UPS order, and if she didn’t take it, the casino would be in breach of contract. She handed the money to an unidentified man at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado, before attempting to contact the men who had given her the instructions, but she was unsuccessful. Eddy then called the casino to inform them that she was returning to work, and warned them that she may be arrested for taking the money.
Eddy maintained that she had done nothing wrong, and was only following orders from the casino. This is believed to be the largest casino robbery in Colorado, and neither the Division of Gaming nor the Monarch Casino have commented on the theft. Casino spokesperson Erica Ferris told KUSA, “As a business, sometimes unfortunate things happen. We’ve been fortunate in the past.”