Burglary at Bellagio Hotel and Casino prompts lockdown on Vegas strip

The Bellagio Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip was put on lockdown early on Saturday after an armed burglary of a high-end jewelry store sent panicked guests and gamblers running for the exits, local media reported and police said. There were also other reports of tourists hearing gunshots and that there was an "active shooter" in the area.

First, the suspects couldn't start their vehicle in the hotel's parking garage and then they failed to carjack another driver, Lt. Carlos Hank told the paper.

It began to transpire that men dressed with pig masks entered the hotel to rob a Rolex store. The witness, Twitter user Kir_Kamil, said the person in the pig mask tried to flee but was detained.

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Casino police said they are investigating the incident, which took place inside the Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

One suspect is in custody as of Saturday after the robbers used sledgehammers to smash open the store's jewelry cases, authorities said, according to ABC News.

According to The Las Vegas Review-Journal, three men walked into the Bellagio dressed in "dark, nice suits" and animals masks. When it wouldn't start, they tried to carjack someone else, and then tried to run away, the Sun reported.

  • Alfonso Moody