|New York Police are trying to find out how a man arrested in New York City on Saturday on charges of promoting prostitution acquired $135,000 worth of gambling chips. They believe that the chips may have been stolen from an Atlantic City casino.|
Brian Bradley, 25, was arrested Saturday night at the Internet Café on 42nd Street near Seventh Avenue, and charged with promoting prostitution and with raping two girls.
Police say that when Bradley was arrested, he had 27 $5,000 chips from the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.
Kerry Hand, a spokesperson for the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, said that thousands of dollars in chips were stolen from one of the casino's blackjack tables last Tuesday morning. The State Police have not confirmed the amount stolen.
The robbery at the Taj Mahal followed a similar theft at the Caesars Atlantic City casino February 6 when it is alleged that a man stole more than $20,000 worth of gambling chips from a blackjack table. A suspect, Bradley Vick, 25, of Queens, was arrested two days later after a friend, Chantel Cordrey, 19, of the Bronx, tried to cash in $1,500 worth of the chips at a Caesars cashier's window, say the authorities.
Vick was arrested in a motel in Elizabeth, NJ, where the police said they recovered about $15,000 in stolen chips. He was charged with unlawful taking and, if convicted, faces a five year prison sentence.