Thieves in Animal Masks Cause Chaos in Vegas Casino

'You know, Vegas; it's all types of stuff that happens here'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2017 11:18 AM CDT
Suspects in Animal Masks Attempt Heist in Vegas Casino
Suspects in nice suits and animal masks ripped off a Rolex store inside the Bellagio in Las Vegas early Saturday.   (Twitter)

"It is like a movie—it's crazy," Lt. Carlos Hank tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Early Saturday, at least three people in "dark, nice suits" and animal masks entered the Bellagio in Las Vegas and ripped off a "high-end retail store." One witness describes seeing a man wearing a pig mask and holding a gun standing guard outside a Rolex store while his compatriots used a sledgehammer to break the glass. “He was screaming at people, pointing his gun, making sure that anyone who was close just got away," she tells the New York Daily News. The sound of the breaking glass led to false reports of gunshots and chaos inside the casino.

The masked men grabbed items from the store and ran off while ditching their fancy duds. Police detained several people for questioning, but ABC News reports police aren't confirming if those detained are suspects. The Rolex store was closed at the time of the incident, but the Bellagio was placed on lockdown for about half an hour afterward. No injuries were reported. “It's like old wild west stuff," a professional poker player tells the Daily News. "But you know, Vegas; it's all types of stuff that happens here.” (More Las Vegas stories.)

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