Cops: Casino criminals had drugs, gun

A thief and a robber who targeted separate area casinos last week doubled up on their charges by having drugs - and in one case, a gun - when they committed their crimes, according to state police.

Around 8 p.m. on Oct. 24, James Lewis, 32, of Philadelphia, walked up to a cashier at Sugarhouse Casino and, while gesturing like he had a gun in his pocket, demanded money from her, police said.

Lewis was scared away without getting anything when a second cashier approached, police said.

In an attempt to hide in a building where every single move you make is captured on film, Lewis removed his coat and hat and tried to blend in with other players, according to police. It did not work.

When casino security handed him over to state police, they allegedly found 15 small bags of marijuana and one, unidentified prescription pill on him. He was charged with attempted robbery, aggravated assault and related offenses.

In the second, unrelated case, security officers at Parx Casino in Bensalem caught David Menarde, 55, of Richboro, stealing the wallet and phone of a cocktail waitress around 4:45 a.m. on Oct. 26, police said.

When Menarde was taken in to custody, he not only had the waitress' phone and wallet, he also had "numerous" loose Percocet pills and a revolver on him, police said.

Although he did have a concealed carry weapons permit for the gun, firearms are not allowed in any state casinos, according to police.

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