On February 21st, Grosvenor Casino, located in Newcastle, was subject to an armed robbery. A security van was located outside the casino and according to a report by The Journal, the security guard had a shotgun in his face by two men and money was demanded. The two men escaped the scene in a stolen car and now three people have been arrested in this case.
It was found that the escape vehicle, a white Audi Q5 4×4, was stolen two days before the armed robbery took place. The men used the car to escape and then left the car under a nearby bridge. The vehicle had been burned less than a mile from where the robbery took place.
Neil Adams is the Chief Superintendent of the Northumbria Police and spoke with The Journal on the case and stated:
“Since the robbery we have been working tirelessly to gather information and evidence and trace people suspected of being involved. We carried out an operation which resulted in two arrests being made in connection with the incident and these two are in custody helping with inquiries.”
This was reported last week. Now, a third arrest has been made in this case. The first two men were released on bail and this past Wednesday, a third man was brought in for questioning. The 37-year old male was questioned in the hopes that more information can be obtained in this case.
Andy Fairlamb, the Detective Inspector of the case, has asked for public help in the case, by stating publicly:
“Those responsible may have planned the incident and could have been in the area around the casino in days, or weeks, before carrying out the robbery, checking out the location and planning what they were going to do.”
Fairlamb is urging anyone who lives in the area to think about suspicious people they may have seen or stay on the lookout for people with strange behavior in the area.
This instance is one that could have been much worse. The security guard could have been harmed or a gambler leaving the casino could have been robbed or hurt in a similar instance. This is a big reason that casino goers should be very vigilant when leaving the casino to ensure their safety as well as their winnings!