More than $100K stolen in North County casino heist

SANTA YSABEL (CNS) – Local, state and federal authorities are
investigating the theft of at least $100,000 in cash from a secure area within
the small Santa Ysabel Casino.

The theft from the rural North County casino off Highway 79 east of
Ramona was reported Monday morning, said San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Tom
Evans.

The sergeant described the loss as a “large theft.” An anonymous law
enforcement source told The San Diego Union-Tribune that the sum was in the six
figures.

The crime was “covert” and went unnoticed even though the casino was
open at the time, according to the newspaper.

However, a large amount of evidence was left behind and is being
processed, Evans told the Union-Tribune, adding that an organized group of
thieves likely carried it out.

“They couldn't have gotten in there without some planning and
intelligence work, but it was very low key,” Evans said.

The Sheriff's Department, FBI and California Department of Justice were
working together on the case, according to Evans.

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