Over the past few months, crime has been pretty prevalent in Las Vegas, particularly in the Strip area. Fights have broken out as well as shootings taking place in various spots in the area. While the activity is usually outside the casino, this past week, an incident took place inside a venue. The Cosmopolitan was reportedly subject to a holdup, with an individual allegedly robbing the property from the cashier cage.
Details of the Holdup
Earlier this week, a spokesman for the Metro police department released a statement, detailing the events to some degree. He said that a gaming venue on the Strip was the scene of a holdup. He stated the incident took place in the 3700 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard. When it comes to this area, the most likely place is the Cosmopolitan as it is located at 3708.
In speaking with the media, Misael Parra, a spokesman for the police department said that a suspect in the incident is in custody. The individual was reportedly arrested sometime Tuesday. Additional details of the robbery have not been made public. The incident is still being investigated.
Casino.org was able to speak with a representative of The Cosmopolitan and it was confirmed that the robbery did take place at the venue. The individual reported that no injuries took place and that the casino is working with police to investigate the ordeal. No more details will be provided until the investigation is completed.
So, what do we know? Well, the robbery must have taken place in the early morning hours because police were called around 6:45 am. Police cars were then seen at the Cosmopolitan soon after. What we do not know at this time is just how much money was taken, or if the suspect was caught in the act. We expect full details regarding the incident will be provided in the coming days.
Will the Criminal Activity Stop Tourism in Vegas?
This incident is one that could greatly affect tourism to Las Vegas. The city seems millions of people each year traveling from inside the US as well as internationally to enjoy the casinos, entertainment, dining, etc. If criminal activity continues to be prevalent, will it affect the choices of travelers?
The robbery in The Cosmopolitan is an isolated incident, but it did occur inside the casino. Other criminal activities such as shootings or fights seem to be taking place out on the streets. Almost every week there is a new report on such activity taking place in Las Vegas.
Months ago, police stepped up their presence on the streets and sidewalks of the tourist area. It seems to have helped, but crime is still happening. What else can be done to put a stop to it? Even casinos are making moves to try and limit the activity. Some started requiring visitors to have reservations, be it dining or hotel, to be able to access the facility.
Hopefully, these incidents will stop so that Las Vegas can get back to normal and offer a quality tourist destination like it has for many years.