Casinos offer tantalizing high-stakes entertainment, yet aren’t immune from high-profile crime. These shocking and often amusing tales of casino heists and scandals demonstrate just how easily gambling pleasure can become criminal intent.
One infamous instance took place at Australia’s Crown Casino when one of its security employees channeled Bonnie and Clyde to steal an armored vehicle containing cash and chips.
Casino de Monte-Carlo Heist
When we think of heists, most of us associate the term with Hollywood movies such as Ocean’s Eleven or 2008. However, there are some fascinating real-life casino heist stories out there which rival even those Hollywood adaptations.
One such heist involved an ordinary gambler taking matters into his own hands by employing palming as an effective way of stealing chips from Monte Carlo roulette tables.
He accomplished his goal without breaking any laws or tampering with security cameras; the casino simply noticed what had occurred and called the police to report what had transpired.
This heist was more intricate than most. It involved Heather Tallchief and Roberto Solis – her former murderer boyfriend who were employed by Loomis armored car company which transported cash to Las Vegas casinos. Once stolen from Loomis by Tallchief and Solis, they shipped it off to Miami before fleeing back into America in 2005 when they turned themselves in to authorities.
Bellagio Biker Bandit Heist
Anthony Carleo pulled a Hollywood-worthy stunt when he rode his motorcycle into the Bellagio casino wearing a helmet while sporting a gun and stole $1.5 million worth of chips from a craps table – becoming known as “Biker Bandit.”
This casino heist in Vegas differed from others because it did not involve camera breaches or cheating. Heather Tallchief was working for Loomis Armored Inc at the time, driving armored vehicles that transported cash directly to casino ATMs. On a routine visit to Circus Circus casino she decided to steal away with its contents – ultimately pocketing an undisclosed sum as her take.
Jose Vigoa and Oscar Sanchez Cisneros (accomplices of Luis Suarez) also participated in this heist attempt that ultimately put an end to her criminal career.
Stardust Resort and Casino Robbery
When we think of “heist,” our minds usually jump straight to criminals escaping with millions in cash and chips. Luckily, most casino heists are usually discovered quickly — often within minutes or hours, days, weeks if not months – after taking place; but that wasn’t always the case.
Back in 1992, Stardust sports book cashier Bill Brennan perpetrated one of the greatest casino heists ever in Vegas history when he stole over $500,000 worth of cash and gambling chips before disappearing without trace. It remains one of the biggest heists ever witnessed at Las Vegas casinos.
This heist was inspired by the MIT Team, an academic and group of students from Harvard who became adept at card counting while playing Blackjack. Their expertise enabled them to win millions at casinos worldwide by using card counting techniques combined with acting and deception – techniques which would later become famous thanks to Hollywood film 21 depictions. Though ultimately unsuccessful, their casino caper remains legendary today despite breaking US laws; operating outside of its jurisdiction helped keep MIT Team out of jail!
Ritz Casino Roulette Heist
In 2004, two Serbian men and a Hungarian woman from Eastern Europe executed an ingenious roulette scam at London’s Ritz Casino using mobile phone-mounted laser scanners to predict which section of the roulette wheel the ball would land in, thus winning huge sums of money. Surprisingly, however, when the Ritz caught onto their scheme and reported them for being frauds no charges were ever laid against any Eastern Europeans despite them having been caught red-handed!
This is one of the more remarkable heists on this list for numerous reasons, not least its size and execution. Heather Tallchief took advice from Roberto Solis and moved to Las Vegas, where she found employment driving armored cars for Loomis; responsible for transporting cash between casinos to refill ATMs. However, one day Tallchief suddenly disappeared with roughly $3 Million stashed inside.