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Gunman tries to rob Stratosphere, but leaves empty-handed

Updated Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | 8:36 a.m.

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The Stratosphere is seen Monday, December 21, 2009.

An armed man who tried to rob a change counter early this morning at the Stratosphere fled without chips or money, Metro Police said.

Metro Lt. Ray Steiber said the man entered the poker area of the casino and proceeded to jump over a change counter in search of money.

The man, who was carrying a gun, fled the casino "when he realized there wasn't anything to take," Steiber said.

No one was injured during the attempted heist, which happened shortly after midnight. Stratosphere employees warned patrons to "get down" during the incident, but there was no struggle between employees and the man, Steiber said.

Authorities described him as black and in his 20s, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. He was about 5-feet-10-inches tall and 160 pounds.

Investigators are obtaining surveillance video from the Stratosphere, Steiber said. It's unclear what direction the suspect traveled.

The Stratosphere robbery attempt follows two heists in recent months at Las Vegas casinos.

Anthony M. Carleo, 29, is facing trial in a December robbery at the Bellagio, and a taxi driver was arrested but a man identified as the bandit remains a fugitive in a February heist at the Rio.

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  1. This new generation of casino operators should look back to the bad old days when the "boys ran the casinos. A person would think twice before trying to rip off one of their joints. If you were dumb enough to rob them you could count on a very short life expectancy, and a burial in the desert with your feet sticking up from the ground. By the By what ever happened to the guys to had that $1,000,000 heist at the station casino

  2. Look around the Strat's neighborhood...
    It's probably a "local".

  3. The "$1,000,000 heist at the station casino" was the Armored car robbery December of 2009. The $1,000,000 turned out to be $36,000.No real news on it since then.

    If the casinos handled things like the old days there would be a lot less crime in this city but more of the cry babies on there whining about the "Thugs" that run the casinos. Guess we can't have it both ways. ;-)

  4. Another product of the CCSD no doubt.

  5. Yes, Paul, I'm SURE it's the school district's fault.
    Nothing to do with the Las Vegas "environment"...

    Yes. Smart call there.

  6. A city ordinance to outlaw hoodies would go a long way in slowing down crime..

  7. It's called the 6 P's...Proper Prior Planning Prevents Pisspoor Performance LOL. I guess the moron didn't do his homework by scoping it out first.

    In all seriousness, I agree with others here, bring back the old mob days of Vegas. They knew how to treat people (good and bad) and you at least knew where you stood with them.

    There were no player's club/Reward cards to get comps. The casino hosts rated your play and compted accordingly. No $10+ beers or bar brands, and food was cheap. Now that the corporations have taken over look what's happened.

  8. What is a change counter? Is it a person who counts change? Is it a flat table top where someone puts change to count? Be specific, ship Canadian Pacific.