Botched Las Vegas Robbery
Details of a robbery at the Rio casino in Las Vegas last Thursday have emerged over the weekend. It is reported that one of the robbers, Steven Gao, entered the Rio at 4.30am on Thursday dressed in a wig, fedora and fake moustache and proceeded to steal $33,200 worth of chips from the pai gow tables. The bold move initially worked as Gao and his accomplices made a getaway with the money and managed to evade the police for two days before their crime began to unravel.
However, despite thinking they were, in the clear the gang, which included Hiroyuki Yamaguchi and Edward Lang, left an undeniable trail of evidence. The first blunder the criminals made was to use taxi driver Yamaguchi’s taxi to make an escape from the casino. Having worked as a driver in the city for 10 years the cab was easily traceable. In addition to this the onboard audio system recorded the entire conversation between the members of the gang whilst they made their escape. As if that wasn’t enough they also used a casino pay phone to call each other after the incident – a move the was subsequently caught on surveillance tape – and they left a string of physical evidence at the casino, in the getaway car and in their own pockets.
With such a mound of evidence stacked against them it’s likely the trio will receive lengthy sentences for their crime when it goes to trial.