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Jerome García January 26, 2024 2 min read
Sint Maarten: Armed Robbers Attack Porto Cupe-Coy Casino
The unscrupulous crime happed during the early morning hours on Wednesday, when three masked bandits with guns stormed the brick-and-mortar casino
Considering that casinos facilitate cash-sensitive transactions, they can often become targets of different criminals. While some may attempt different fraudulent activities, others try to rob such venues. This is precisely the reason why many brick and mortar casinos invest heavily in security personnel, surveillance and some even leverage AI solutions.
Earlier this week, a brazen robbery at Porto Cupe-Coy casino in Sint Maarten, a Caribbean Island that is a constituent country of the Netherlands, resulted in the theft of an undisclosed amount of money. The incident, according to the Police Force of Sint Maarten, Korps Politie Sint Maarten (KPSM), dates to the early hours of Wednesday, January 24, 2024.
According to law enforcement, an investigation into the armed robbery is ongoing. Police are doing everything they can to collect more evidence to help identify, apprehend and punish the three individuals who engaged in the unlawful activity. KPSM confirmed that witnesses or anyone who has information regarding the robbery can submit an anonymous tip either via calling its hotline or leaving a Facebook message.
“The investigation into this armed robbery is currently underway. KPSM is actively working to gather evidence, interview witnesses to identify and apprehend the suspects,“reads a statement released by the Police Force of Sint Maarten
Investigation into the Robbery Continues
Describing the incident, law enforcement confirmed multiple reports about an ongoing armed robbery were received on January 24 at around 1:30 AM. Not unexpectedly, police responded immediately by dispatching a number of detectives, patrols and forensics teams at the local casino. A preliminary investigation of the case identified three culprits who were wearing masks and dark clothes.
The robbers were equipped with guns and threatened the security guards at the casino’s entrance. After that, the culprits stormed into the venue and robbed it. Police did not confirm how long the robbery took. Once done, the three masked robbers left the casino on foot. So far, KPSM believes that the three robbery suspects headed toward the French side of the island.
Police haven’t confirmed whether anyone was injured during the robbery. The amount of the stolen money has also not been disclosed at the time of writing.