Casino Crime Round Up: N.J. Man Convicted of Violent Robbery

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A man was found guilty last week of assaulting and robbing another man who won a $20K jackpot in New Jersey.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, pictured above. A man was convicted for robbing a victim who won a jackpot at the gaming property. (Image: TripAdvisor)

After deliberating, the jurors found Robert Reed, 51, of Newark, N.J., guilty of second-degree robbery, and third-degree charges of aggravated assault, and theft by unlawful taking, as well as fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon.

When he’s sentenced on July 18 by Superior Court Judge Dorothy Garrabrant, Reed could face between five and 10 years in prison, according to, a regional news outlet.

On March 3, Reed watched the would-be victim, identified in police reports as “D.H.”, win the money while both were at a poker table in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.

Reed made friends with the man.

Later, the next morning, he saw the winner while the two were checking out of a hotel at the gaming property.

Reed claimed he just missed a bus and needed a ride to a local bus station. The jackpot winner agreed, and the two men began to walk to the winner’s car which was parked in a casino garage.

Struck With Wine Bottle

But on the way there, Reed struck the man in the head with a wine bottle, police said. He then stole the money and other items from the victim before fleeing, police added.

The victim suffered cuts on his head from the attack. They were not believed to be life-threatening.

New Jersey police were alerted and were able to identify Reed as a suspect after reviewing casino surveillance video and through Reed’s player’s card.

This week, Reed remains in custody at the Atlantic County Justice Facility.

South Carolina Gambling Raid

A South Carolina man was arrested on 22 counts last week after a gambling raid.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) charged Bruce Leon Moore, III., 25, with a single count of keeping a gaming house, as well as 21 counts of unlawful possession/operation of a slot, video, vending machine, or gambling device on May 21.

During the raid, authorities discovered five Pot-O-Gold-style gambling machines and two fish-style gaming machines, according to South Carolina TV station WSPA.

The reputed gambling operation was located in Greenwood, S.C.

Moore was booked in the Greenwood County Detention Center and later was released from custody.

The case was turned over to local prosecutors.

It’s unclear if others will be charged in the case.

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