Men use business's money bag to gamble

Courtesy: Jackson County Sheriff's Office

Police need your help finding three men who they said used a business's money to gamble.

An employee at Casa Latina in White City laid down a cash bag by mistake.

That's when investigators from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said the three men decided to spend the money right there in the video poker room of the restaurant.

"It is pretty unusual," Sgt. Julie Denney said. "I'm sure that the business is usually very careful with where they put their money but in this case they accidentally left it behind."

Investigators released surveillance pictures of the men with hopes that a member of public could identify them.

"At this point, we don't know who they are," Denney said. "We're hoping that somebody will recognize them from the photos we were able to gleam from the surveillance video."

Denney said after the men were finished playing video poker they took off with the rest of the money.

After the story first aired on News 10, some social media users commented on the story online that the suspects had a right to keep the money because it was left behind, unsecured, but Denney said it is against the law, considered theft under Oregon law.

"It's important to remember there is no finders keepers law in Oregon," Denney said. "If you find something and it's not yours you don't have the right to keep it. It's theft just like if you were to intentionally go out to steal something. So you have to do the right thing and turn it in. Otherwise, you can face consequences for it."

Anyone with information on the suspects can call or text Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon at 1-800-850-0580 and refer to case number KTVL 03-19-19.

Depending on the case and the information is given, Crime Stoppers will pay a reward up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and filing of charges. Callers can remain anonymous. The reward is sponsored by Rogue Credit Union.

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