A 34-year-old Waterloo man is behind bars after a victim dropped a wallet on a casino floor.
In an arrest affidavit, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Louis Brown charges Tyrone Thompson Jr. with ongoing criminal conduct, identity theft, forgery and second-degree theft.
Charges stem from a June 12, 2020, incident in which a victim dropped his wallet on the floor at Rhythm City Casino, Davenport. It had $800 in cash, the man’s driver’s license, his Social Security card and a credit card, an arrest affidavit says.
Rhythm City Casino surveillance video shows Thompson, along with a companion, pick up the wallet and enter the men’s restroom. A short time later, Thompson and the other person left the casino without turning in the wallet.
On June 12, Thompson used the personal information in the wallet to open a Bank of the West checking account in the victim’s name. He ordered and received Bank of the West checks and a debit card.
He then shared the Bank of the West checks with two other people.
They wrote checks in the victim’s name at U. S. Bank, Kwik Star, Star, Hy-Vee, Scheels, Fleet Farm, Staples and Farm and Fleet.
Thompson, who was arrested on a warrant, is being held on a $20,000 cash-only bond in Scott County Jail. He is set to appear Aug. 24 in Scott County Court.