Erie County man charged in theft at casinos

May 9, 2014

An Erie County man already awaiting trial on charges he stole money from automated teller machines at Rivers Casino was charged by state police for allegedly committing the same crime at The Meadows Casino in late 2012 and early 2013.

David Alan Cauvel, 50, of McKean, was charged Wednesday with six counts of theft for allegedly stealing more than $50,000 from ATMs at the casino in North Strabane Township. He also is accused of stealing $26,500 from The Rivers Casino.

State police said Cauvel was the branch manager for Loomis Armored U.S. when he stole the money from the two casinos.

Last July, state police assigned to Rivers Casino started their investigation into the thefts and determined it also involved The Meadows Casino.

According to police, Cauvel would tell another employee Loomis received a call claiming an ATM machine was dispensing the wrong denomination of bills at the casino. Cauvel and the employee reportedly went to the casino in Cauvel’s vehicle, where Cauvel would wait while the employee entered the casino and retrieved the cassettes from a machine.

While Cauvel sat in the back seat and the employee sat in the front, Cauvel would hand up cash from the cassettes to be run through a money counter by the other employee, police indicated in court documents. The employee would then hand the money back to Cauvel, who would keep at least a portion of it, police said, then give the other employee the depleted cassettes to return to the ATM in the casino.

Cauvel is scheduled for a nonjury trial on the original charges June 25 before Allegheny County Judge Donald E. Mechen. State police arrested him last July on charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

A preliminary hearing on the new charges will be scheduled before District Judge Jay Weller.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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