Bellagio Las Vegas casino robbed at gunpoint as gamblers watch
Law enforcement officials in Las Vegas are investigating a reported robbery at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip — which caught the eye of actor James Woods, who was gambling at the time.
The suspect approached the poker cage and demanded an unspecified amount of money.
“Those who commit crimes like this on the Strip will be hunted down and whatever amount of cash he got is not enough to face a lifetime in prison,” Pelletier said, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
Pelletier said that investigators are “comfortable and confident” they’ll find the suspect, who is believed to be a white man who was armed with a handgun and wearing a mask. Police said he was also wearing a wig and glasses, and escaped in a silver Chevrolet Cruze with Nevada license plates.
Woods tweeted that he was playing poker at the casino when “a guy walks up with a gun and robs the cage thirty feet from us.”
He added that the staff of the Bellagio “were fantastic. They surrendered the money quietly, so no customers would get hurt. Nobody even realized it was happening. Excellent staff, cool under pressure.”
It was the site of one of the most famous fictional heists in movie history, as seen in the 2001 film “Ocean’s Eleven.” The crew played by a big-name cast — including George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon — aimed to rob the Bellagio, the Mirage and the MGM Grand.