By K.C. Mehaffey
The Wenatchee World (MCT)
OKANOGAN — An Okanogan woman who lost $330 gambling tried to hide her losses by telling police that a robber took the money from her at gunpoint.
Authorities said Karen L. Beam-Davis, 62, later admitted she made up the story. But not until after Okanogan County Sheriff’s deputies presented her with evidence that she had spent the day at the Okanogan Bingo Casino.
Beam-Davis told deputies on Thursday that she cashed a check for $330 at a bank in Okanogan, and when she went back to her car, a man with a .22-caliber handgun opened her door, ordered her to give her the money and drive him to Oroville, said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.
He said when parts of her story didn’t add up, deputies went to the casino, which provided them with surveillance videos that showed Beam-Davis entering the casino at about 11 a.m., and leaving at 9:15 p.m. — just before reporting the robbery, he said.
Rogers said when deputies recontacted her on Friday, she again told them she was robbed until she saw the videos of her at the casino, he said.
“At this point, Beam-Davis admitted she was lying and stated she had lost all her money at the casino,” he said.
She was booked into the Okanogan County Corrections Center on suspicion of making a false report to police.