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Wanted Ky. man caught thanks to Ind. casino staff

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TAYLORSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Police say a Taylorsville, Ky. contractor took more than $100,000 meant for home repairs to the Belterra casino -- and lost it all, including his freedom. 

The casino helped nab the suspect.

An alert casino employee noticed Barry Gray's behavior and contacted police -- and the Spencer County Sheriff's Office is concerned there are more victims out there.

Law enforcement representatives say all it took was a call to the authorities. The Spencer County Sheriff's Office says Barry Gray was a wanted man in Kentucky.

"I guess he would be a scam artist, 'cause he is promising somebody something and he is not fulfilling what his promise is," said Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump.

A man came to authorities last month after he paid Gray to do home repairs.

"Apparently, Mr. Gray would get started in a project. He would say, 'Oh, well look, now we need to do this and come back for more money,'" Stump said.

Law enforcement say that added up to more than $100,000 over time.

"Some stuff started at the house, yard dug up, big mess -- none of it finished, and all of his money gone," Stump said.

Workers at Belterra Casino were suspicious of him for another reason.

"Somebody at the casino noticed he was spending a lot of cash," said Stump.

Stump said that person called a friend at a Kentucky police agency, who then decided to check the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.

"The officer popped his name in the e-warrant system and it popped up, and the cop put him in contact with us here at the [sheriff's office]," Stump said.

Gray was arrested and charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of property, a Class C Felony. Officials do not think this is the first time he's scammed someone.

"It doesn't seem like this is something new for him, our investigation is revealing," said Stump, who added that Gray has been linked to previous incidents in southern Indiana and Ohio.

The sheriff said thanks to quick clicks and a careful eye, Gray will not be able to play with his or anyone else's money for the time being.

"I do appreciate the authorities at the casino for being observant, seeing something suspicious," said Stump. "The money that he spent at the casino, I am sorry to say, that money is just gone. I don't think there's any way to get that back."

Belterra officials and the homeowner did not want to comment.

Gray is being held at the Switzerland County Jail and is expected to be brought to the Spencer County Jail in Kentucky within the next few days.  He declined our request for an interview.

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