LAS VEGAS (KXNT) – Authorities were searching for an armed robber who struck the Bellagio Hotel and Casino Tuesday afternoon, according to investigators.
The attack happened just after 3:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Las Vegas Strip property, a Las Vegas Metro Police statement reported.
Investigators said the masked suspect walked up to the cashier cage in the hotel’s poker room area with a handgun and demanded money, making off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The gunman fled in a silver Chevrolet Cruze with the Nevada license plate number 37D147. That vehicle was recovered a short time later by Las Vegas robbery section detectives.
No one was injured in the robbery.
The gunman was described as a white man between 30 and 40 years old, 5’7″ to 5’9″ tall and weighing 160 to 170 lbs. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, a blue tee shirt, blue jeans, a beanie cap and a disguise including a blonde wig, black-rimmed glasses and white mask covering his face.
Actor James Woods was gambling nearby and witnessed the robbery.
“So we are playing poker at the @BellagioPoker and a guy walks up with a gun and robs the cage thirty feet from us ten minutes ago,” Woods said on Twitter. “Bellagio staff were fantastic. They surrendered the money quietly, so no customers would get hurt. Nobody even realized it was happening. Excellent staff, cool under pressure.”
The suspect arrived in a car in the valet area with another man who was there against his will, Metro Capt. John Pelletier said. He would not elaborate, but said police were interviewing the man.
“Those that commit crimes like this on the Strip Will be hunted down,” Pelletier said. “And whatever amount of money he got is not enough for a lifetime in prison.”
Anyone with information about the suspect or the crime was asked to call the Las Vegas Metro Police Robbery Section at 702-828-3591.