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Harrah’s guard sought

A 46-year-old Harrah’s Lake Tahoe security officer is wanted by authorities on suspicion of taking a slot machine bill box containing more than $500, a Douglas County sheriff’s sergeant said.

Jose Menendez Murray, from South Lake Tahoe, has a felony theft warrant for his arrest after allegedly taking the box, pushing a security guard out of his way and escaping in a dark Chevy S-10 Blazer on Monday around 6:40 a.m., Sgt. Tim Minister said.

The full boxes were being exchanged.

“They were in the process of being emptied,” Minister said. “A whole row. Employees empty a bank of machines at a time.”

Casino employees reportedly saw Murray drinking in a bar during his off-duty hours. It is not known how long Murray has been a Harrah’s security officer.

One of the workers responsible for counting the bill box money told deputies that Murray asked him which box contained the most money.

The question was made during a discussion the two had when Murray admitted he was having marital problems, authorities said.

A bill box is about the size of a video cassette tape but 6 inches tall, authorities said.

Minister believes Murray is still in the area.

“He knows we are looking for him. I’ve tried to contact him,” Minister said. “It was just a moment of opportunity. I think for him alcohol played a role in his decision-making process.”

Murray is an ex-felon. He is not considered dangerous, Minister said.

Those with information on Murray’s whereabouts are asked to call Douglas County Sheriff’s Department at (775) 586-7250. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Secret Witness at (775) 586-7295.

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