Smokey and the Bandit
By staff
A man who robbed a casino cashier of $136,000 at gunpoint last year and went on the run for a month had lived a 'surreal pantomime.” Thomas Mangos, 49, has been sentenced to five years in jail. He had pleaded guilty in the County Court to one count of armed robbery.

Last August, Mangos had been gambling at Crown for about 16 hours when he approached a cashier in the Mahogany Room. Pulling out a toy handgun, he demanded $100 dollar bills and made off with $136,000 stuffed in his jacket. The cashier later described Mangos as 'remarkably calm' during the robbery.

After leaving the casino Mangos stopped to shave off his moustache, cut his hair and have his arms tattooed to disguise his appearance. Bizarrely Mangos then fled to the Adelaide's Sky City Casino where he turned over more than $1 million and lost $100,900 over two weeks.

Eventually he blew all but $99 from the heist. Even though Mangos wasn’t exactly lying low, it took a month for the police to catch up with him.

The judge accepted that Mangos had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after a video shop that he had opened in 1990 burnt down after a 1993 armed robbery. This was soon followed by a divorce in 2000. The judge told Mangos: 'All of this behaviour endorses the fantasy world and surreal nature of the entire event.'

Judge Pilgrim said Mangos had demonstrated remorse and shame for his actions. He ordered Mangos to serve a non-parole period of three years

 
 
 
 
 
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