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Vegas armored car heist not so lucrative

Dec. 14, 2009 at 4:15 PM
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LAS VEGAS, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Police say two bandits made off with around $36,000 in a daring armored car robbery outside a Las Vegas casino Monday.

Metro Police Lt. Clint Nichols said the heist occurred around 9 a.m. MST at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino on Sahara Avenue when a suspect with a shotgun allegedly relieved the guard of four sacks of cash and fled in a waiting getaway car.

Initial reports set the loss at more than $1 million. However, investigators later revised the figure to $36,000 plus several checks that had been cashed, KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, reported.

Nichols said no shots were fired in the incident and told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the guard did not have the opportunity to draw his weapon.

KLAS said a number of Palace Station security guards had been distracted at the time by a car fire in the hotel's garage. Police could not immediately say if the fire was related to the robbery.

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