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Casino heist suspect on the run after allegedly swiping $13K in gaming chips

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Just before 3 a.m. Thursday morning, police say 22-year-old Ramonte Johnson reached across a roulette table and stole 13 casino chips. Just before 3 a.m. Thursday morning, police say 22-year-old Ramonte Johnson reached across a roulette table and stole 13 casino chips.

ELIZABETH, Ind. (WDRB) -- A man who police say swiped $13,000 in casino chips from Horseshoe Southern Indiana plunged into the Ohio River trying to escape.

If Ocean's Eleven taught us anything, it's that big-budget casino heist films follow a very simple formula: There's always a  plan, a chase and a getaway.

What happened at Horseshoe Southern Indiana this week could be the next bit of box office gold.

Just before 3 a.m. Thursday morning, police say 22-year-old Ramonte Johnson reached across a roulette table and stole 13 casino chips, all valued at $1,000.

Reports say Johnson doubled down and darted across the casino boat and, when he couldn't find an exit, jumped overboard.

We're told Johnson injured himself on the fall, so an Indiana Gaming Commission Agent was able to capture him and bring him back on the boat -- but here's where the story takes another turn.

Johnson was brought to Floyd Memorial, but there was no hold placed on him at the hospital.

A spokesperson tells WDRB's Gilbert Corsey he checked himself out "against medical advice."

Johnson is on the run and here's the thing -- there are still $6,000 in chips missing.

WDRB made at least four attempts to tell the Gaming Commission that Johnson was no longer in the hospital as they had stated.

No one ever called back.

But after a little more digging, WDRB found out through the Jefferson County Clerk's Office that after Johnson left the hospital, he came to the Metro Louisville Hall of Justice to pay a traffic violation.

WDRB's Gilbert Corsey went  to Johnson's last known address. His sister answered the door.

Corsey: "The accusation is that he stole $13,000

Johnson's sister: "Oh my god."

She says she doesn't know where he is and offered an idea on what could be behind the crime.

"I don't know nothing but he hasn't been here. He's not allowed at Park Duvall because he's got in trouble -- he got a drug problem real bad so we try to keep him from over here."

Horseshoe Casino officials also declined an interview with WDRB.

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