|Police suspect a series of armed robberies at various Henderson casinos are related, and the casinos are beefing up security in response.|
Six robberies have occurred in Henderson casinos since February, including two at the Gold Rush, 1195 W. Sunset Road, three at Thirstbusters, 697 N. Valle Verde Drive, and one at the Klondike Sunset Casino, 444 W. Sunset Road. Police think the incidents might be related to two heists that occurred in late April, at a Super Pawn and a Dairy Queen.
'We've had a rash of them,' said Terry Bowler, Henderson police spokesman. 'It's possible there could be a connection between some of these events. The suspect descriptions were similar. It's the same geographical area. They were all probably within a couple of miles of each other.'
The Gold Rush, which until this year had never been robbed, is revamping its security measures as are other casinos.
'We have alarms like everybody else, but we're looking at what would be state of the art at this time,' Gold Rush General Manager Steve McLaughlin said. 'We're also going to limit our exposure a bit, cash-wise.'
Police believe as many as six people could be involved in the heists. Two suspects have been caught.
In each robbery, the suspects wore dark clothing and ski or nylon masks, and brandished semiautomatic handguns.
In the two robberies at the Gold Rush, on Feb. 18 and July 1, the suspects arrived around midnight, approached and robbed the cashier cage at gunpoint, and fled eastbound.
Bowler cautioned that police are not certain the robberies are related. He would not describe other possible connections between the crimes beyond descriptions of the suspects and the proximity of the events.
Courey said he's watched the surveillance tapes of the three robberies at his business and thinks it's the same group of people.
'Even though they are masked, there just seems to be some similar movement and mannerisms,' he said. 'I've been here 12 years and had no problems since this year.'