Security at the L’Auberge Casino Resort, also in Lake Charles, tipped off the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division on Friday that casino surveillance agents had observed a Golden Nugget employee exchanging casino chips from the Golden Nugget for L’Auberge casino chips on Friday, according to State Police Troop D spokesman, Sgt. James Anderson.
The following day security agents at the Golden Nugget casino watched as one of its blackjack dealers, 52-year old Cindy Thompson, placed casino chips into her dealer’s apron several times during her shift, said Anderson. Thompson was detained by security officers until troopers arrived.
Later, during questioning by Lake Charles State Police, Thompson not only admitted to stealing the casino chips during her shift, but showed them where she hid them. Anderson said that at least $1,000 in casino chips had been stolen by Thompson. Thompson was charged with felony theft and booked into the Calcasieu Parish jail. Her bail was set at $5,000, according to KPLC Channel 7 News.
After a series of owners, the $400 million Sugarcane Bay was purchased by Landry’s Inc., and its owner Houston businessman Tilman J. Fertitta in July 2013. The casino’s new owner changed the casino’s name to the Golden Nugget Lake Charles, which is adjacent to Pinnacle’s L’Auberge Casino, and it was opened on December 7, 2014. In addition to the Lake Charles property, Fertitta owns and operates four other Golden Nugget casinos including; Golden Nugget Atlantic City, Golden Nugget Las Vegas, Golden Nugget Biloxi , and the Golden Nugget Laughlin.