A Billings casino was robbed at gunpoint early this week, making it at least the third local business this month to be victimized in a similar manner.
A male suspect with his face covered entered the Lodge Casino at 2701 Gabel Road at 6:15 p.m. Sunday night and brandished a handgun, according to a press release from BPD Lt. Neil Lawrence.
An employee gave the suspect "an undisclosed amount of cash," from the register, and the suspect left the building walking south. "It is unknown if the suspect left the area on foot or in a vehicle," the release says.
The suspect is described as approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. According to the release he was seen wearing gloves, sunglasses, a black ski mask and a yellow or tan jacket "similar to a rain coat or a fishing type jacket."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Billings Police Department's Detective Division at 406-657-8473 or CrimeStoppers at 406-245-6660.
Early Saturday morning a male suspect entered the Red Lion Hotel on Mullowney Lane at about 3 a.m., brandished a handgun and took money from an employee before leaving on foot.
Last Friday a male suspect wearing sunglasses and a coat with a hood entered the Holiday Gas Station at 3226 Rosebud Drive at 4:45 a.m., brandished a firearm and ordered a clerk to hand over money. The suspect left with the money.
The suspect is described as white, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, average build and wearing sunglasses and a coat with a hood.
On Oct. 29 a male suspect with his face covered by a bandanna or scarf entered the Grand Casino at 3025 Grand Ave. at about 11:26 a.m. The suspect brandished a handgun, was given cash by an employee and left.
That suspect was described as male, white and 5 feet 6 inches tall. He was wearing a black zip-up windbreaker, blue jeans, gray tennis shoes, gray gloves, and a gray scarf or bandanna over his face, according to the release.