Gas station slot machine theft yields surprising amount (video)

Gas station slot machine theft yields surprising amount (video)
Image Source: Shutterstock/Interior of a casino with slot machines Edvard Nalbantjan)

In the city of Atlanta, video gambling machines are a frequent sight in poor communities. Customers will spend hours and sometimes large amounts of cash trying to win at these highly regulated machines. Gas station owners make a tidy sum on machines that are sometimes rigged. One customer in Atlanta decided to get back some of that cash and now police are looking for him.

The incident occurred at a Shell Gas Station in Southwest Atlanta on Campbellton Road. In the video, the unidentified Black male is seen taking the machine apart and reaching inside. According to the APD, he made off with close to $8K from the machine before fleeing with another man. A clerk noticed the damaged machine and called the police.

Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta posted video footage of the brazen theft and is now asking the public for help. The suspect is described as a Black male with a skinny build, grey dress shirt, grey pants, low haircut. There is a cash reward for any information that leads to the capture and indictment of the suspect. Tipsters are asked to call the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or online at

In Georgia, winners of the game are supposed to be paid in store credit, or with Georgia lottery tickets. However, across the state, many gas station owners illegally pay customers in cash. This leads to a significant illegal gambling scheme that has resulted in the arrest of gas station owners and serious fines.

The video of the thief in action can be viewed below.

2111 Campbellton Rd Larceny

(Atlanta, GA) The Atlanta Police Department needs your help. On April 6th, 2019 I Officers responded to a larceny call at 2111 Campbellton Rd Sw (Shell Gas Station). Upon my arrival APD spoke to the store clerk who advised a black male took $7,900.00 Dollars cash from one of the gambling machines at 2:00am that morning. Video footage shows the male break into the machine, he was then able to retrieve the money from the dispense system totaling $7,900.00. The male and a second male then leave the location.Suspect: Black Male, Skinny build, Grey dress shirt, Grey Pants, Low haircut.At this time, we are asking anyone who may recognize the suspect or who has any information on this incident to contact Crime Stoppers. Information on this case or this suspect can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or online at Persons do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for a CASH reward for the arrest and indictment of the suspect

Posted by Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta on Monday, April 15, 2019

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