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Blogger Uses Chopsticks To Steal At Conn. Casino

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File photo of a person holding a pair of chopsticks. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

File photo of a person holding a pair of chopsticks. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — A poker blogger has been sentenced to a probation program for using chopsticks to steal nearly $700 in dealers’ tips.

Forty-one-year-old Jay Newnum, of Fishers, Ind., has returned the money and announced in a blog post that he plans to “step away from the poker world indefinitely.”

The Day of New London is reporting that Newnum was arrested on a misdemeanor larceny charge Dec. 16 for the theft at Foxwoods Resort Casino, but state police didn’t announce the arrest until Thursday.

State police say Newnum was caught “fishing” cash out of the dealers’ tip box with chopsticks.

“Foxwoods security reported the suspect was fishing cash out of the dealers tip box after a poker tournament,” a release obtained by the paper states. “Cash was seized into evidence and suspect held on a $500.00 bond.”

Newnum says in a statement that he’s not discussing the case. He was granted accelerated rehabilitation, which allows charges to be erased after probation.

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