Someone kicked in her hotel room door and stole her casino winnings, woman tells Paris police

A woman complained that she returned to her Paris motel room late Monday night and discovered that someone had kicked in the door to her room and taken her casino winnings.

Police Department Car_sliderThe woman said she had won more than $1,000 Monday at the Choctaw Casino in Grant, Okla., and drove to her motel room in the 400 block of Northeast 35th Street in Paris to secure most of the money to keep from spending it.

She said she then drove back to the casino, but when she returned to her motel room in Paris shortly after midnight she found her door kicked in and the money gone, police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said.

About 4 p.m. Monday, Paris police officers had responded to a reported burglary in the 500 block of Southwest 25th Street. Occupants of the home told officers e returned home from work to discover that someone had entered their home an stolen several pieces of money and a large sum of money.

The loss in this burglary was estimated to be more than $10,000, Garrett said.

Paris police officer responded to 112 calls on Monday, resulting in 10 arrests, Garrett said.

Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.