January 4, 1999 |
About 75,000 customers were left without phone service for several hours Sunday when three men wearing ski masks broke into a Sprint telephone office and stole computer equipment. The men tied up two Sprint employees and a contractor, then shot them with stun guns, said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokesman Steve Meriwether. The three were not seriously injured.
December 25, 1988
A high-speed car chase in Barstow ended in the rescue of a flower shop clerk missing since a robbery last week in Las Vegas and the arrest of two Maryland residents, authorities said. Belinda Jane Staubs, 24, had been abducted when King's Flowers was robbed of $300. James McKay III, 20, and Dorinda White, 21, both of Leonardstown, Md.
March 4, 2000 |
Masked gunmen with assault rifles ambushed and killed two armored car guards in a strip mall before escaping Friday with three bags of money. At least three men were involved in the holdup. Police Capt. Richard Perkins said the robbers had arrived at the mall to wait for the armored car guards about 2 1/2 hours earlier. "It obviously was not your run-of-the-mill robbery," Chief Michael Mayberry said. "This was well-planned." He said he did not know how much money was taken.
April 7, 1992 |
Armed robbers set off smoke bombs, grabbed a money bag from an armored car guard and escaped with an estimated $1 million in cash and checks Monday from a crowded casino at the Stardust hotel. "People were running through the casino yelling, 'They've got guns! They've got bombs!' " said Pat Shumaker of Chattanooga, Tenn. "People were running through the kitchen, running for the exits, hiding behind tables."
October 18, 1988 |
A gunman who tried to steal millions of dollars worth of jewelry from the Liberace Museum was shot dead by police when he tried to escape with an elderly woman hostage and the woman broke free from his grip, police said Monday. Police said Hugh Perry, 47, entered the museum Sunday night and demanded that manager Margaret Bloomberg, 74, hand over the jewelry of the late entertainer. A cleaning woman called police. When Perry saw officers, he took Bloomberg hostage and attempted to leave.
September 19, 1992 |
The story about dimwitted bandits who robbed a potato chip truck thinking it carried casino chips was a hoax, police say. Authorities believe truck driver Rodney Dwayne Bont, 30, reported the theft to help pay off gambling debts. Bont told police last week that he was accosted at knifepoint by two men who forced him to drive his Vegas Chips delivery truck into a remote area. He said the robbers beat him and robbed him of $680 when they learned his cargo was junk food rather than casino currency.