The Cal Neva Sportsbook in Reno was subject to a robbery.

Posted on: July 25, 2023, 06:58h. 

Last updated on: July 25, 2023, 06:58h.

The Cal Neva casino in Reno, Nevada was robbed by an armed man on Sunday morning. The suspect remains at large.

Cal Neva casino in Reno
Cal Neva casino in Reno, pictured above. A robbery took place at the sportsbook there on Sunday. (Image: TripAdvisor)

The suspect entered the casino and brandished a firearm.

He demanded money from a sportsbook staff member and fled with an undisclosed sum of cash.

The suspect wore a face mask during the robbery. According to Nevada TV station KOLO, he was last seen running from the casino on 2nd Street towards University Way on 1st Street.

The Reno Police Department was informed about the robbery at approximately 9:20 a.m.

Secret Witness, a crime tip organization in Northern Nevada, has offered a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect, as reported by Reno TV station KRNV.

Prior Theft

At the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, an unidentified suspect stole money from a Slot Key employee on April 1.

Secret Witness is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of that suspect as well.

It is unclear if the suspect in that case was ever caught.

Man Robbed at Detroit Casino

Police arrested a man on Monday afternoon who allegedly stole thousands of dollars from another individual in the parking garage of Detroit’s Motor City Casino.

The victim, believed to be from Detroit, had been gambling from Sunday night into Monday morning. After winning an unknown amount of money, he decided to return home.

As the victim was walking to his car in the garage on Monday morning, he was robbed, according to Detroit TV station WJBK.

The victim did not sustain any injuries. It is unclear if the suspect was armed during the robbery.

Neither the victim nor the suspect were identified in local news reports.

Gambling Joint Uncovered in New York

Two individuals were apprehended in Queens, New York on July 19 after the New York City Police Department (NYPD) discovered an illegal gambling operation.

According to QNS, a local news site in Queens, the NYPD responded to a former bakery where a 34-year-old man reported that he left $7,400 on a table at the operation and it was then stolen. The suspect refused to return the money.

The alleged proprietor of the gaming operation, Victor Tomescu, 69, was identified as the person who took the money. He was also accused of selling alcohol without a license.

During the investigation, the authorities found six illegal gambling machines and several card tables. These items were seized as evidence.

Tomescu has been charged with grand larceny, illegal gambling, unlicensed sale and storage of alcohol, promoting gambling, and criminal nuisance.

A second suspect, Ion Ghereben, 59, was also arrested and charged with six counts of possession of a gambling device. He was apparently an employee of the gaming operation.

The bakery, formerly known as Pieklo Bakery, is located in the Maspeth neighborhood of Queens. According to the bakery’s Facebook page, Pieklo Bakery closed its doors in September 2022 after being in business for 44 years.

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