Temples of light where silver flows afloat, casinos regularly gave rise to robberies as sudden as spectacular. Not necessarily in the sense that we imagine, but very often using carefully elaborate cheating techniques. In 2017, 3 men robbed the Vittel casino and managed to flee (very briefly) with 23,000 euros. A poundy sum, far away despite everything from the colossal loot that has managed to obtain other burglars around the world. If their flight generally does not last long, their attempts continue in the collective imagination in the same way as the greatest Hollywood films. We tell you?
Bill Brennan : L'homme invisible
The simplest stories are sometimes the most amazing. In September 1992, Bill Brennan, an employee at the Casino Stardust in Las Vegas, left the establishment after his service with a bag containing $ 500,000 in cash and tokens. Even today, no one has managed to understand how Bill proceeded but there is more surprising. The man has vanished without leaving a trace, and still is currently on the list of people most sought after by the FBI.
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A laser to anticipate roulette
In 2004, a trio of European players developed one of the most elaborate techniques in terms of casino robbery. A laser hidden in their mobile phones, capable of calculating the speed of the roulette in order to predict the box on which the ball will stop. After pocketing 100,000 pounds at the London Casino Ritz, they retreated their luck in the same place the next day they ended up attracting attention by winning 1.2 million pounds. Convinced of the deception, the management of the establishment demanded their arrest. Like the well -known cards counting Ben Affleck, the judge decreed that the technique was not illegal and the three fraudsters left free with their loot!
A technique that is reminiscent of the small computers developed in the 1970s by a group of students in Santa Cruz. Honest in their shoes, they were also able to calculate the speed of roulette in order to anticipate its movements. They ended up being sentenced after several months of cheating.
Coupling as a couple at 2.5 million dollars
A story at La Bonnie and Clyde which also goes wrong. In 1993, Heather Tallchief was 21 years old and worked for the Casino Circus Circus in Las Vegas. His mission ? Fill the distributors of the establishment every day. That morning, however, it does not stop and continues on the wheel of its van containing $ 2.5 million in cash. While management realizes the flight, it is already too late. Heather and his companion Roberto Solis have disappeared. Not very fair play, Roberto will be fled alone with the loot, leaving only $ 1,000 in Heather to raise his child. It will be found 12 years later. The millions, they are not found.
Mythical Casino of Las Vegas, Bellagio has also aroused many lusts. In 2000, the Cuban Jose Vigoa had already committed some lower armed robberies in jewelry and other casinos. He finally managed to infiltrate the establishment and get out of it with more than $ 160,000. Easily identifiable on the surveillance cameras, he assassinated two truck drivers while trying to escape the police and is currently serving his sentence of 500 years in prison. Note that the story served asplot in the cinema For the film Ocean's 13.
Let's stay in Bellagio and move forward until 2010. That year, a certain Anthony Carleo Gare his moped in front of the establishment and enters, the helmet on the head so as not to be recognized. His weapon in hand, he threatens staff and players before returning to his moped, rich by almost $ 1.5 million in chips. He will in exchange for a game for a series of luxurious nights at the Bellagio Hotel himself before trying to resell the rest on an online poker forum. Bad luck, the potential buyer will prove to be a police officer under cover and Carleo's run will stop there.
A gang of retirees
A last little story for the road? It brings us back in 2011, in Uruguay, to the casino of Villa Carlos Paz. That night, three young retirees undoubtedly focusing on the innocence of their physique have slid in all simplicity in the account hall and came out with the same discretion. Everything could have taken place without incident if one of our "papis" had not shot the director's private parts. Forced to flee, they were quickly found and sentenced to 15 years in prison each.
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