Multiple Florida police departments are looking for suspects involved in a 24-hour crime wave that targeted four casino arcades. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Suspects still at large
Staff and players at four Florida casino arcades have been the victims of a brutal 24-hour crime wave by suspects who are still at large.
scene of an armed robbery investigation
WINK News reported that four casino arcades in the Lee County area were hit by robberies and major thefts in just 24 hours on Thursday. Fort Myers police took to Twitter just after midnight on Thursday to warn would-be slot gamblers that 3900 Cleveland Avenue, the site of Arcade Black Horse, was the scene of an armed robbery investigation:
Fort Myers Police are on the scene to investigate an armed robbery at 3900 Cleveland Avenue. Please avoid the area. We will update further as we collect information. pic.twitter.com/usnfEVjWDr
— Fort Myers Police (@fortmyerspolice) July 7, 2022
The attempted robbery of Black Horse occurred shortly before the crime was reported at 1:14 p.m., with an employee reporting that despite one suspect carrying a gun, the would-be robbers left cashless.
On Thursday, suspects hit the Lucky Turtle Arcade and the White Sands Arcade. At Lucky Turtle, a woman reportedly had a gun pointed at her head to force her to open the safe. At White Sands, two men wearing masks pulled a gun on an employee and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.
Get the taste
The fourth target in 24 hours was the Vegas Experience in Fort Myers, where police believe the suspects began their attack on Wednesday night. Video cameras caught the two men entering the casino around 7:30 PM and playing various slot machines for hours.
open the lockboxes discreetly and remove a significant amount before departure”
While there, according to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, the couple managed to “discreetly open the lockboxes and remove a significant amount of cash before leaving.”
Crime Stoppers coordinator Trish Routte stated that the suspects got away with about $18,000.
Of the casinos that were later hit, the suspects left with an undisclosed amount from both Lucky Turtle and White Sands Arcade. WINK quotes Lucky Turtle patron Tommy Ingraham as saying he was playing when “the blond lady, who I believe is in charge, came running out and told me she had just been robbed.”
Serial Casino Crime
According to WINK, SWFL Crime Stoppers, the Cape Coral PD, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Myers PD are investigating other cases “believed to be related.”
While a crime wave involving multiple casinos in 24 hours may have set a new record or even created a category of its own, gambling-related crime is nothing new. For example, this month a man was murdered in a casino in Vietnam over a $3,000 gambling debt. During the heart of the pandemic, a British restaurant owner filed false COVID-19 relief claims and used the money to gamble.
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