The head cashier at Laurel Race Course is accused of stealing $83,000 from the track over six weeks in July and August.
Louis Licater, 42, of the 1700 block of Chesaco Ave., Baltimore, was arrested Friday by Anne Arundel County police and charged with two counts of felony theft in the loss of $83,000 from the track.
He was released on his own recognizance by a District Court commissioner to await his trial and left Saturday for a Caribbean cruise.
County police Detective Kevin Falls, who investigated the case, said he was not concerned that Mr. Licater might not return for his trial because "he has family here."
Police have charged that Mr. Licater, who was responsible for overseeing large amounts of cash in the track's money room, pocketed the money in small amounts between July 2 and Aug. 18.
Mr. Falls said that the money disappeared in amounts of $1,500 to $3,000 at a time. Racetrack officials called in county police when they discovered that $37,440 was missing.
Detective Falls said officers questioned Mr. Licater for about two hours Sept. 4 and gave him a polygraph test, the results of which can not be admitted as evidence in court.
"He basically flunked the test," Detective Falls said.
Detective Falls said that when police interviewed Mr. Licater a second time, he admitted stealing $43,000 but denied taking the other $39,940.
Mr. Licater was "living a champagne lifestyle on a beer-drinker's budget," Detective Falls said, noting that Mr. Licater was paid $47,000 a year at his job.