Billings police investigate robbery at casino

2013-04-05T22:42:00Z 2013-04-06T21:37:04Z Billings police investigate robbery at casinoGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

The Billings Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Friday night on the city's West End.

Billings Police Sgt. Clyde Reid said a man entered Shooters Casino and Sports Bar, at 1600 Avenue D, shortly after 10 p.m. and pointed a handgun at a casino attendant.

The attendant gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash. The man then fled and was seen shortly after getting into a small black passenger car. 

A resident on the 800 Block of Avenue F called in a suspicious vehicle Saturday around 8 a.m. that matched the description of the car. The car, a black Nissan Altima, was impounded, police Sgt. Justin Jagers said. It is unclear where the car is registered, he said.

Detectives will wait for a warrant to be issued before they search the car for evidence, Jagers said.

Jagers said police are still searching for the robber, who is believed to be in his 20s and was wearing a ski mask.  

Jagers said surveillance footage hasn't yet been released.

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  1. ruby
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    ruby - April 08, 2013 5:27 pm
    Thank you Payne1991! I hardly think that it is any attendants desire to be held at gunpoint or attacked for a small amount of money and risk being caught.
  2. Payne1991
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    Payne1991 - April 07, 2013 11:01 pm
    David wright I don't know about the other robberies that have been happening in billings lately but, for the sake of the casino attendants, I worked at shooters as a cook for 4-5 months last year. After working with the attendants 4-7 nights a week I have a really hard time thinking they were the criminals in this situation. Whoever was attending that night, I'm glad they weren't hurt.
  3. nosmo_king
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    nosmo_king - April 06, 2013 11:05 pm
    Hi David. I like your suspicion a lot. I can't agree with it, but I can't disagree with it either. Because you never know. My opinion (or suspicion) is the economy and the difficulty finding a job these days. Or maybe it's lazy people not wanting to find a job...any job. Regardless, most casinos are right there out in the open for the pickings with dim litted streets in the back for escape routes. But I do know for a fact (from bartending and working law for 13yrs) is that a lot of gang members from other big inner cities use Billings as a recruiting hub for the last 5-6 years. So robin hooding? that can oddly be one way to put it. And I like the way you put it. Maybe it's gang initiation? We'll never know. But the BPD better get their act together before someone, robber or attendent, does get hurt bad.
  4. nosmo_king
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    nosmo_king - April 06, 2013 10:24 pm
    I looked into the law. I had 13yrs of bartending experience. I depends upon the employer, as long as you have a concealed permit. Why go to work in fear? But yes I agree wholeheartedly, their will be a lot of red tape to go through until you're free of all charges by the city attorney...one of two possible worse case scenerios, the other jail. Colstrip bar shooting, even though not a robbery, is a good example. Everything is a catch 22. Thanks for replying.
  5. R U Kidding
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    R U Kidding - April 06, 2013 10:11 pm
    Until the Billings Police department makes examples of these idiots, crime will continue.
  6. ruby
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    ruby - April 06, 2013 5:39 pm
    Casinos aren't the problem. Society is the problem. People have kids and don't properly raise them. Those children who are left to their own devices without proper discipline end up being the garbage that pollutes our society and drains tax dollars in our jails and prisons. Can't blame casinos or bars for the poor choices of a dirtbag!!!
  7. bout time
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    bout time - April 06, 2013 4:57 pm
    DavidWright, it's not like casinos are going out and robbing people! People CHOSE to sit at those machines and waste their money...they don't HAVE to go in there! The casinos aren't making them give up their money! It's their own decision to waste their money...
  8. DavidWright
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    DavidWright - April 06, 2013 4:13 pm
    Sounds like we have a band of Robin Hoods. Casinos are stealing from the poor, someone just robbing the real thiefs.
  9. DavidWright
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    DavidWright - April 06, 2013 4:13 pm
    Why would they nosmo? These are inside jobs, friends of the attendant working who convienently can't describe the robber or their escape vehicle, and wait a little bit before alerting anyone.
  10. bout time
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    bout time - April 06, 2013 11:41 am
    I could never work in a casino...I can't believe they can even keep employees...
  11. Mtnana523
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    Mtnana523 - April 06, 2013 11:29 am
    I see what you mean @nosmo_king but when the employee does that they will be in more troubled that the robber. So it would not be worth it in the long run. I don't think .
  12. Billings-center-of-Montana-Wyoming
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    Billings-center-of-Montana-Wyoming - April 06, 2013 8:01 am
    Almost every day

    Boycott casinos

    Unsafe to enter
  13. nosmo_king
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    nosmo_king - April 06, 2013 12:36 am
    I know you can't carry conceal in an bar establishment as a patron or employee, but one of these days casino attendents is going to decide they had enough...considering for the past year casinos have been getting hit hard. And I don't blame them.

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