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Edward Kunkle makes off with wallet lost at casino, police say

Published On: Dec 03 2013 12:41:29 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 03 2013 04:29:18 PM EST


A man is facing charges for making off with a cash-stuffed wallet lost on the gaming floor of the Sands casino three weeks ago, officials said.

Edward P. Kunkle and an accomplice left the casino at 77 Sands Boulevard, Bethlehem, around 7:10 p.m. Nov. 14 after scooping up a brown Louis Vitton wallet with $1,000 in cash in it belonging to Panagiotis Katsonis of Staten Island, N.Y., officials said.

Katsonis had accidentally dropped the wallet on to the casino floor, officials noted.


Kunkle and his partner, Paul J. Kunkle, were seen on surveillance video picking up the wallet and exiting the casino through the western mall area, officials noted.
The Kunkles are known to casino security as "nuisance patrons," they added.

Edward Kunkle, 30, whose last known address was 645 Main St., Bethlehem, was arraigned Friday night on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $1,500 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10.

Paul Kunkle has not yet been charged in the incident.