Las Vegas: Bandits take off with money, chips from Strip casinos

Las Vegas: Bandits take off with cash, chips from Strip casinos

Bandits take off with cash, chips from Vegas casinos

File Feb. 21, 2017: The New York New York hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Bandits have gotten away with cash and chips from four casino-hotels in Las Vegas since last week, leaving police on the hunt for multiple suspects. "It's unusual," Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Lt Michael Mauntel said of the frequency of the robberies since Nov. 2017.

Above the  New York New York resort and on line casino at the Las Vegas Strip. Bandits have got away with money and chips from 4 casino-hotels in Las Vegas since final week, leaving police at the hunt for a couple of suspects. “It’s unusual,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Lt Michael Mauntel mentioned of the frequency of the robberies since Nov. 2017.  (AP)

LAS VEGAS — Bandits have got away with money and chips from 4 casino-hotels in Las Vegas since final week, leaving police at the hunt for a couple of suspects.

Three of the casinos centered by means of criminals are at the Las Vegas Strip and the fourth one is within the neighborhood. The string of incidents comes lower than two months after a person dressed in a wig and facial bandages robbed the poker site on line casino cashier of the Bellagio casino-hotel.

“It’s unusual,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Lt. Michael Mauntel mentioned of the frequency of the robberies since November. “Absolutely, I am concerned that they are happening a little too often.”

A theft came about Jan. 10, when a person displayed a handgun and demanded cash from a cashier on the on line casino cage of the New York-New York. The similar day, 3 folks grabbed chips from a sport desk at Harrah’s. On Saturday, a person pointed a gun at a cashier at Ellis Island and demanded cash. On Monday, a person jumped a counter on the SLS, grabbed money and left the valuables within the northern finish of the Strip.

Police don’t imagine the occasions are attached. Per coverage, government don’t free up the amount of cash or price of chips stolen, a transfer that previously the dep. has justified arguing that it does no longer wish to inspire different criminals to focus on the venues.

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Security guards didn’t pursue the armed suspects, which Mehmet Erdem, an affiliate professor on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, mentioned has been a longstanding follow from on line casino operators.

He added that the firms even have to scrupulously steadiness the quantity of visual safety they’ve on their on line casino flooring to ensure that it does no longer make consumers 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 mentioned.

He cited the case of a vacationer who was once killed in 2000 by means of a stray bullet at Harrah’s as safety officials struggled with a theft suspect who opened fireplace. The theft suspect shot a guard within the abdomen as officials attempted to handcuff him and fired any other spherical that went thru a guard’s pant leg and into the again of the sufferer.

“Do you want to create incidents like that?” he mentioned. “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.”

Updated: January 20, 2018 — 2:08 pm

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