A Finlayson man was arrested Friday for an alleged theft at Grand Casino Hinckley. Jordan Bradley Cottrell, 30, faces charges on two felony counts, one for theft and the other for financial transaction card fraud as well as a misdemeanor for fleeing a police officer on foot. Each felony count carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail, a $10,000 fine or both.
According to the complaint, on Nov. 12, a patron of the Grand Casino Hinckley reported her purse, wallet and coat were stolen from the back of her chair while she played a gaming machine. Surveillance video showed a male watching her play, then snatching the items, exiting and running through the parking lot. The male, later identified as Cottrell, drove off in a gold Lincoln Town Car. The patron said when she reported her cards missing, she discovered they had been used. She said the cost of the coat, purse, wallet and items contained in her purse totalled more than $1,000.
The complaint stated it was discovered the following day that the Bloomington Police had located the Lincoln and arrested Cottrell in a high crime area known for drug activity. The vehicle contained the patron’s cards, vehicle keys, her spouse’s card and cell phone, and drugs: three baggies of methamphetamine, an alprazolam pill, a Suboxone packet and someone else’s identification. Cottrell stated he had been smoking marijuana, according to the complaint.
Later, when a deputy reviewed a list of transactions on the patron’s card, the complaint stated they began in Beroun, then Pine City and then occurred further south in Cambridge. Video surveillance at the Cambridge Fleet Farm showed Cottrell in the same clothes as the casino footage and the booking photo, and the Lincoln was also photographed there. The transaction at the Fleet Farm had been declined due to the card being reported as lost. The unauthorized transactions totaled $685.54.
Cottrell was arrested on a warrant during a traffic stop in Hinckley on Nov. 15. According to the complaint, he was in the back seat of the vehicle, and when he stepped out, he ran. The deputy asked him to stop. When Cottrell refused, the deputy employed a Taser, and he eventually stopped.