A casino robbery victim has been indicted on one felony count of theft.
David Hayes, 29, is accused of stealing precious metals used to make or repair fine jewelry from his employer, the Diamond Cellar Store in Dublin.
The alleged thefts occurred between Sept. 17 and Dec. 10, 2012. The Franklin County Prosecutor said Gold Buyers at Polaris purchased $107,000 worth of metal from Hayes.
During that same period of time, Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said Hayes then purchased $99,000 worth of chips at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus.
O'Brien said it wasn't Hayes’ employer - Diamond Cellar - or the place where he went to sell the metal - Gold Buyers at Polaris Mall - that raised the red flag.
He says it was Columbus police, who first uncovered the unusual activity.
“They noticed the unusual number of transactions first, the dollar amounts of the transactions, and upon further inquiry, Diamond Cellar was able to identify some of the property as property taken from repair,” said O’Brien.
Two months before the big purchase, on Oct. 21, 2012, Hayes was the victim of a robbery after he won $35,800 at the casino.
“I think it's ironic that he's down here as both as a defendant and a victim at the same timeframe. A victim of robbery because he won and was displaying his winnings around at the casino, and during the same timeframe, he was embezzling from his employers precious metals he converted into cash,” said O’Brien.
Ronald Jones and Ryan Bundy both pleaded guilty in connection with the theft of Hayes’ casino winnings. They were sentenced to 10 years behind bars.
If Hayes is found guilty, he could face up to 18 months in prison.
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