Olice used a bait room to catch a thief who stole thousands of dollars from several hotel rooms in Paris Las Vegas early one morning during the WSOP. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Cash is usually plentiful on the Las Vegas Strip, but with the World Series of Poker currently in full swing in Paris Las Vegas and Horseshoe Las Vegas, there is more money than usual floating around real estate. With that in mind, let the arrest of a thief in Paris last week serve as a reminder to all of you who pursue your poker dreams: keep your money locked up.
The guests were sleeping in the rooms when he entered
According to the police reports I obtained KLASRobert Black broke into seven hotel rooms in Paris Las Vegas between approximately 3 a.m. and 4:40 a.m. on June 2. The scary part is that the guests were sleeping in the rooms when he entered, although it seems that Black’s goal was just to get money, not to hurt anyone.
He stole cash from five of the first six rooms, in amounts ranging from $244 to $2,400. However, the seventh room was a bait room organized by the police that contained hidden cameras, suitcases, and a wallet filled with $600 and other “items of value.” When Black broke in and took the wallet, security officers, watching from the next room, rushed in and arrested him.
Black had $5,365 and $990 CAD on him, plus a room key for someone else and a flathead screwdriver. He faces five counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary.