Detectives of the St. Helena Parish Sherriff’s office have now arrested three people in connection with a local casino armed robbery. The Whistling Pines Casino, located in St. Helena Parish, Louisiana, was robbed back in January of this year and it was recently announced that the manager of the casino as well as two additional men were arrested as suspects in the case.
The report alleges that the manager of the casino set up the robbery, which took place on the 29th of January. When the robbery took place, one of the two men held employees at gunpoint to coerce them to open the safe. The man then told the employees to give him the money inside, which is reported at over $150,000. The two men then left the premises in a pickup, which was driven by yet another man.
The casino manager was on the scene and he called 911 after the incident but after investigating the case, it was found that the manager had set up the entire robbery. Joe Chaney, the Chief of Detectives in the parish, reported that the detectives in the case started with arrests last Thursday. Only $1,000 was able to be recovered and the casino manger was identified as John Sinagra.
Sinagra was arrested and then booked as a principal player to an armed robbery. Zeblin Cummings is the alleged gun toting member of the robbery and John Sims was suspected of driving the getaway vehicle. Both were booked on the same charge.
After further investigation, Chaney stated that detectives determined that Cummings would visit the casino frequently and gambler but Sims did not visit the casino. Thankfully none of the patrons or employees of the casino were harmed during the robbery. It will be interesting to see how this case develops and if investigators will be able to recover the $150,000 in missing funds.