Thieves Brandish Knife To Steal Over $10,000 From UK Casino

Police in the UK are on the hunt for two thieves who carried out a brazen daytime assault. In less than five minutes, they were able to steal £10,000 (US$11,800) from the Game Nation casino in Bearwood, Smethwick using only a knife.

Game Nation casino
Game Nation casino
A Game Nation casino in Dover, England. A sister property in Smethwick became the target of thieves recently, and police are asking for help in locating them. (Image: Kent Live)

The pair entered the casino around 7:30 PM last Friday dressed in clothes that allowed them to conceal their identities. At the time, activity in the casino was light. Media outlet Express & Star quoted an employee as stating that there were only two employees and one patron present.

The crooks immediately took control of the casino and forced the three into an office. There, they threatened one of the employees with the knife and ordered her to open the safe. After she complied, the duo made their escape.

Cold Trail

After the theft, the employees called the police, who launched an investigation. However, for the past week, they have not been able to track down the crooks.

The only information police have to go on is that the descriptions put the two in their mid-20s. In addition, one stands around 5’8” tall, while the other is around 6’. Despite accessing surveillance cameras in the area, investigators lost their trail and were not able to determine where they went.

Without much else to go on, the police have turned to the public for assistance. The West Midlands Police Department is leading the investigation, and has now made a public plea for any information that might lead to the capture of the two fugitives.

Game Nation is the trading name City Gaming Limited uses for its gaming operations. The company has dealt with attacks before, and this one was tame compared to others.

In July 2020, Abel Berhany attacked a patron at City Gaming’s City Slots arcade in Camden. The unprovoked attack led to Berhany’s arrest and subsequent diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. However, he still had to pay for his crime and, this past June, received life in prison.

Easy Money

A couple of weeks ago, a different casino became an easy target for a thief. A man walked into a Merkur Slots shop in Luton, barely at the break of dawn, and walked out with a large amount of cash.

When he entered the shop, an employee was reportedly performing maintenance on a gaming machine. However, the individual also had in his possession an envelope stuffed with an unspecified wad of money.

The thief approached the employee, grabbed the envelope and took off. He escaped through a fire exit and disappeared. As in the Game Nation theft, police were unable to follow the trail, and he is still on the run now.

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