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Police Arrest Four Macau Casino Robbery Suspects
May 26, 2019Police Arrest Four Macau Casino Robbery Suspects
Four suspected robbers arrested after pepper-spraying casino staff and stealing HK$3.1 million from a baccarat table at a Macau casino
Four suspects – three men and one woman – were arrested in relation to a robbery that took place at a Macau casino on Friday morning, the South China Morning Post reported earlier today. The suspected robbers were caught by police less than 24 hours after the robbery was carried out. The four arrested individuals are aged 20-40 and are all from Mainland China, it also became known.
The robbery took place at around 5:30 am on Friday at Plaza casino at Four Seasons Macao. The gaming facility is operated by Sands China, a subsidiary of gambling and hospitality giant Las Vegas Sands. Four Seasons Macao is connected to the company’s Venetian Macao hotel and casino resort.
Two of the robbers entered the casino and pepper sprayed a security guard and then a croupier at one of the gambling venue’s baccarat tables. They stole gaming chips worth approximately HK$3.1 million (around $382,000) and ran away.
According to information provided by police officers, one of the suspects had previously disguised himself as a woman and had inspected the casino ahead of the crime. He and one of his alleged accomplices eventually committed the robbery, which according to officers only took place within three minutes. The two injured casino staff members received immediate medical attention, a statement issued by the police on Friday read.
How Were the Robbers Caught?
The two individuals who carried out the robbery fled the scene taking two separate taxis. The pair then met with the arrested woman in a fast-food restaurant. The two robbers handed their accomplice the chips and took off for Zhuhai via the Gongbei control point. They were arrested by Zhuhai police shortly after.
The woman met with the fourth suspect in another casino to trade the gaming chips. The man was arrested first and then the woman was caught in a hotel room in Macau’s Taipa district. It was where police recovered HK$3.1 million in chips and cash.
The casino robbery was the second major crime to have taken place around Four Seasons Macao over the past several weeks. On May 18, four men were stabbed, one of whom fatally, during a fight near the property. Police said that there was no evidence the incident was related to gambling.
Earlier this week, the Macau Judiciary Police said that it has hosted a meeting with members of the Venetian Macao’s security department and the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, known to be the city’s gaming regulator. The parties attending the meeting agreed that a mechanism for speedy and effective communication should be developed so that major incidents related to the property’s casino operations are addressed timely and properly.
Last year, a debt-ridden croupier stole more than HK$48 million worth of chips at Wynn Macau. He fled the crime scene, but was caught by police a few days later together with a male relative. The robbery was among the largest ones to have ever taken place at a Macau casino.