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LAFOURCHE PARISH- Deputies from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office are offering a reward of information leading to the arrests in separate incidents where cash was stolen from an area casino.

The first incident occurred Nov.24 at the Raceland casino on Highway 90. Through their investigation, detectives learned an unidentified male subject had been gambling inside the casino for some time. At one point, the man approached the cashier's counter, distracted the cashier and stole a wallet-system money bag from behind the counter and immediately left.

The incident was captured on surveillance video. Authorities said the man was driving a white SUV, believed to be a 2000-2006 Chevrolet Tahoe. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5'9'' with a beard.

The second incident occurred on Nov. 29. Authorities say a suspect entered the casino and walked into the restroom. The suspect was able to climb through the ceiling in the restroom and climbed down over a partition wall. The suspect then crawled into the casino office, stole some cash and exited the building.

He then fled the scene in a pickup truck, believed to be a blue 2000 Nissan Frontier. He headed east on U.S. Highway 90. The suspect is believed to be approximately 5'8 to 5'10 with a short-haired beard.

Anyone who can identify either suspect or anyone with any information on these crimes is asked to call 1-800-743-7433. Authorities say tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash.

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