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Police hunting bandits who robbed cash, chips from Las Vegas Casinos

January 21, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Police hunting bandits who robbed cash, chips from Las Vegas Casinos Metro released surveillance stills of an armed robber who targeted a casino cage (LVMPD / FOX5)

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Police in Nevada are hunting a crew of bandits, who made off with cash and chips from four Las Vegas casinos since last week.

Las Vegas Metro Police officials said multiple suspects targeted three of the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip and a fourth one in the vicinity during a string of incidents that occurred less than two months after a man wearing a wig and facial bandages robbed a casino cashier at the poker room of the Bellagio casino-hotel.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Lt. Michael Mauntel voiced his concerns about the frequency of the incidents and called the recurrence of the robberies since November “unusual.”

“Absolutely, I am concerned that they are happening a little too often.”

On Jan. 10th, a man displayed a handgun and demanded money from a cashier at the casino cage of the New York-New York, according to KPTV.

That same day, three people grabbed chips from a game table at Harrah’s. On Saturday, a man pointed a gun at a cashier at Ellis Island and demanded money. On Monday, a man jumped a counter at the SLS, grabbed cash and left the property in the northern end of the Strip.


Officials don’t believe the incidents are connected. Policy prevents authorities do not release amounts stolen, so not to encourage other criminals to target the venues.

Security guards did not pursue the armed suspects, which Mehmet Erdem, an associate professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said has been a longstanding practice implemented by casinos.

He added that the companies also have to carefully balance the amount of visible security they have on their casino floors to make sure that it does not make customers uneasy.

“If you have armed security personnel, I’m looking at my risk management. How much money am I loosing from heists versus responsibility?” Erdem said.

Erdim cited a 2000 incident when a tourist who was killed by a stray bullet at Harrah’s after security officers struggled with a robbery suspect who opened fire.

The robbery suspect shot a guard in the stomach as officers tried to handcuff him and fired another round that went through a guard’s pant leg and into the back of the victim.

“Do you want to create incidents like that?” he said. “Unless you have Navy SEALs for your security personnel, and they are like Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal and can take out anybody, I think it is a huge risk to have security personnel be armed at least in a visible setting.”

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