- Armed robber claimed loot in mid-morning heist from Park Lane Club
- Police recovered imitation firearm after the incident in Mayfair
An robber has walked out of the Park Lane Club’s casino in Mayfair with £35,000 ($44,000) – after storming the premises armed with a toy gun.
The bold criminal fled the scene after dumping clothes and the imitation weapon in a nearby bin, according to a report in the Independent. Police have opened an investigation into the incident, and are seeking help from the public in identifying the lone suspect.
Toy gun used in robbery
According to police reports, the thief entered the casino at around 10am last Tuesday morning, dressed in a white boiler suit and brandishing a firearm. It appears that a confrontation took place between the man and the casino staff, before he escaped with the cash.
Police at the scene discovered the boiler suit and the gun, which turned out to be a harmless replica, in a bin close to the casino.
Police search for casino robber
The robber is said to be a white male of above average height, though there is not much further information available at this stage. How he gained access to the exclusive casino club, which charges guests £1,000 ($1,266) per year for membership, is still unclear – but the use of overalls might suggest that the thief posed as a worker or contractor. The casino closed for forensic investigation on Tuesday, but has since reopened. It is trading normally.
Exclusive London Mayfair spot
The Park Lane Club, featuring the Park Lane Casino, is part of the Hilton Park Lane hotel complex.
It welcomes guests from London’s elite and offers high stakes play, including private gaming rooms. The annual membership fee covers access to the club, plus casino comps and benefits which include event tickets and hotel suites.
The exclusive club is operated by Silverbond Enterprises Ltd, and rents the floors from the Hilton hotel brand.
Games are open 24 hours a day, and the tables offer a maximum wager limit of £100,000 ($127,000).
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