Thursday, February 24, 2011

Rio Casino Robbed of $35K in Chips

For the second time in a matter of months, a major Las Vegas casino has been robbed at gunpoint.

At 4:30 this morning, a man reportedly wearing a disguise consisting of a fake mustache and a fedora hat managed to swipe $35,000 worth of chips from a gaming table at Rio before hopping in a cab to escape. The cab driver didn't know the man had just committed the robbery and proceeded to drive him to Terrible's Casino.

In a similar incident, the Bellagio was robbed of over $1 million in chips in December by a man who escaped on a motorcycle. The alleged robber in that case was caught earlier this month.

These are probably isolated incidents, but I would imagine this will prompt the hotels and casinos to at least consider beefing up security a little. Although if a robber has a gun and is willing to use it there might not be much a security guard could do in that situation.

Source: CBS News.

UPDATE: It appears that police know the identity of three men implicated in the robbery and have arrested two of them. The cab driver was allegedly in on the robbery.