Police: Man robs casino patron of nearly $7,000

Upper Darby, Pa. (WTXF) Police say a casino patron was robbed of nearly $7,000.

Fresh off a winning night at Harrah's Casino in Chester, the 59-year-old victim headed home to Upper Darby but little did she know she had company following her.

"He saw her cash out, he saw her collect. He followed her from Chester," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

The woman made a quick stop at the grocery store and headed to her home in the Secane neighborhood of Upper Darby. Police say as she walked into the house carrying her groceries and nearly $7,000 in casino winnings inside a Kohl's bag, the 6 foot, 350 pound alleged robber pounced on her.

The victim quickly called 9-1-1. She gave police a description of the suspect's Volvo station wagon as he sped off. Clifton Heights police quickly spotted the car on Baltimore Avenue and stopped it.

"He asked the driver where are you coming from. He tells him he's just coming back from the casino," Chitwood explained.

The suspect, 35-year-old Gary Taylor, of Philadelphia, took off. After a  brief chase, he was captured. Investigators say when police searched him back at Upper Darby police headquarters they found the stolen cash .

"He had it hidden in his genital area," said Chitwood.  "The woman got her money back."

Superintendent Chitwood says despite tight security at area casinos, he's worried for patrons.


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