Track teller accused of theft Laurel Park employee charged with leaving $98,000 gambling debt

July 02, 1998|By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF

A Laurel Park racetrack teller accused of placing bets while he worked and leaving $97,000 in gambling debts when he went home has been arrested, Anne Arundel County police said.

Steven Michael Stout, 35, of the 400 block of Greenlow Road in Academy Heights near Catonsville was arrested at the track just before 8: 30 a.m. Monday after racetrack managers discovered the money was missing, said Officer Carol Frye, police spokeswoman.

She said Stout was charged with theft over $300 and released.

Ann Taylor, spokeswoman for Laurel Park, would not comment on the incident but said it had never happened before at the

track. She would not disclose how long Stout had been employed there.

Robert DiPietro, president of the real estate division of the

Maryland Jockey Club, which is part owner of Laurel Park, said he could not comment because it is a personnel matter.

He also would not discuss Stout's duties at the track.

Police say Stout was placing bets Sunday while working at one of the track's betting windows.

"At one point, he was approximately $258,000 in debt," Frye said. "By the close of business [Sunday], his debt was $97,000. He didn't place the money into the register, and closed out."

Stout, who was reached by telephone at home, refused to comment on his arrest.

Yesterday at Laurel Park, some tellers said they were shocked at the news of the arrest.

"We just can't believe it," said one teller who feared for her job if her name appeared in print. "You've got to be sick or crazy to bet that much money."

Another teller also did not want to be named but said Stout was "a nice guy. I feel sorry for him," she said. "It's a lot of money."

Pub Date: 7/02/98

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