Man Arrested over $400k Chip Theft

Man Arrested over $400k Chip Theft

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

An American man has been arrested in connection with the theft of poker chips worth $420,000.

Dustin Campbell is accused of swiping the chips from poker pro Matthew Kirk's apartment in California in January.

The 32-year-old from McDonough County, Illinois, was arrested by his local police force after a warrant was issued by the LAPD.

Authorities say that footage of Campbell cashing in $200,000 in casino chips had been obtained by the LAPD and they were able to track his movements as he flew from LA to Chicago. Once police were able to catch up with Campbell, he was taken into custody where it was revealed that he was living with McDonough County Assit. State's Attorney, Rachel Bloom.

Although there is no indication that Bloom was part of the theft, police were able to charge Campbell after finding $40,000 in cash and $20,000 in poker chips in his home.

Back in January Daniel Alaei took to the 2+2 forums to ask for help retrieving $400,000 in stolen casino chips. Stating that the mixture of chips from casinos in Las Vegas and Los Angeles belonged to his friend, the poker pro urged anyone with information to contact him or the LAPD and if they helped find the chips he'd sort out a reward.

Kirk is predominantly a cash game player but has gone deep in a number of events, including the WSOP and the Aussie Millions where he finished 11th in 2008 for $142,000.

Image courtesy of McDonough County Police Department.

Tags: Dustin Campbell, theft, Daniel Alaei, Matthew Kirk