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Scooping up $10,000 bad bet

Stateline, Nev. — What must have seemed like a stroke of luck to a Stateline casino janitor who allegedly swept up $10,000 he found early Wednesday morning ended in his arrest for theft.

Richard Ferrer, 36, a contract janitorial worker at Harrah's Casino was taken into custody after he reportedly tried to take a bundle of hundred-dollar bills that had been dropped by an otherwise lucky gambler.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the gambler had won $70,000 and was walking to the elevator when he accidently dropped a bundle of $100 bills amounting to $10,000.

Harrah's security said Ferrer could be seen on surveillance cameras looking at the money on the floor before he swept it up into his dustpan at about 1 a.m. Ferrer was then seen leaving the casino floor, stopping at several spots before heading to the employee break room.

The entire incident was caught on tape, according to a Harrah's security official.

Ferrer was confronted by security about the incident and he allegedly admitted to taking the money. He told security he stashed the money in a garbage can where all but $100 was recovered.

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When questioned about the missing C-note, Ferrer said it was under the same trashcan, where the rest of the bundle was found.

He told the deputy that he'd intended to turn the money over to his supervisor at his next break, except for the $100, which he said he planned to keep to himself.

He said he knew the policy for both the casino and the contractor Ferrer works for was to turn the money in.

Ferrer is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.