PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — State police have charged a man with stealing thousands of dollars from the Rivers Casino while he was auditing one of the facility’s ATM machines

The total amount involved was a little over $23,000, but it was all in $100 bills. Authorities say the money came from an ATM inside the casino.

The suspect, 49-year-old David Cauvel is now behind bars at the Allegheny County Jail.

Police say it all started when there was a problem detected while the money was being run through a money counter machine, which is maintained by a company called Loomis.

When Cauvel – then an employee of Loomis – and another employee came to service the ATM, investigators say Cauvel took four cassette trays of money out to his car to audit the cash in the machine.

When the trays left the ATM they contained hundred dollar bills.

“They removed the money trays from that machine,” said Trooper Robin Mungo, of Pennsylvania State Police. “They took them out and did a count of that money, and it turned out, well, in the process of counting that money, one of the employees replaced hundred dollar bills with twenty dollar bills and that’s where the theft occurred.”

According to state police, the other employee noticed a group of 100 dollar bills missing while Cauvel was handing that person the money to run it through the counter machine.

State police say a total of 238 one hundred dollar bills were taken and replaced with the twenties.

It was when the employee returned the money to the casino that state police say he alerted security and the investigation began.

Police say Cauvel has been arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

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