Phone, Lost While Gaming, Now Labeled ‘Stolen’

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – It’s a sickening feeling when you accidentally lose your cell phone. It can only get worse when someone walks off with the phone you lost. Pennsylvania State Police from the Troop K Barracks in Skippack met a woman who surely felt like that, while they were on duty at the Valley Forge Casino Resort for the state Bureau of Gaming Enforcement.

According to their public information release, distributed Tuesday (Oct. 12, 2021), troopers received a report that the woman – a 54-year-old resident of Abington – was in the casino Oct. 3 (Sunday) at around 6:55 p.m. That’s where they said she inadvertently left her Apple i-Phone XR behind at one slot machine, as she moved on to play another.

Troopers added that, while investigating the lost phone, they determined it had been picked up by a different woman. She took the phone and left the casino premises at 1160 First Ave. Now the loss is labeled as a theft. The i-Phone was valued at $500. No suspects were identified in the release.

If you’ve lost an Apple device, or think it might be stolen, the manufacturer offers a detailed 7-step procedure to either recover it or lock it so no one else can use or access it. Those instructions are available here.

Trespassing charges filed

In a separate and unrelated release, troopers said they discovered a previously “excluded” patron Saturday (Oct. 9) at 3:46 a.m. on the casino floor. They prepared to meet the individual, a 45-year-old West Chester man, after confirming his excluded status, but he had already left the building.

Troopers followed up by filing a charge of simple trespass against the man in a local magisterial district court.

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