Bomb Threat on the Strip

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On August 7, a UK teenager triggered a bomb alert on the Las Vegas Strip.  The 17-year old Sutton, south London resident called in the threat to UK police, claiming that a Taxi outside the MGM Grand casino had a bomb underneath it.  Las Vegas police searched the location after receiving a warning from Scotland Yard.  The threat turned out to be a hoax. Later the same day, British officers arrested the teen after tracing his call.  He was released on bail until later in the month.


The second largest hotel in the world (by number of rooms), the MGM Grand hosts many major events, including boxing matches and music concerts, such as Aerosmith and Lady Gaga, both of whom performed in the week prior to the bomb threat.  Several UFC mixed martial arts stars were holding a press tour event at the MGM Grand on the day of the alert.


In other casino-related crime news, Scott Carmitchel, the Kansas convict who allegedly robbed over $43,000 from the Bellagio on July 25, continues to refuse to cooperate with authorities in Las Vegas.  On August 14 he was forcibly brought to court in a wheelchair and wearing a spit shield.  He refused to answer any questions or even to confirm his identity.  A federal magistrate entered a not guilty plea on Carmitchel's behalf.  His trial date has been set for Sept. 29, but first he must undergo psychological testing to determine if he's competent to stand trial. 


Back on the East Coast, authorities have arrested additional suspects in the case of the Caesars Atlantic City robbery which took place on July 21.  There are now a total of eight suspects in custody, and it appears they knew exactly what they were doing when they robbed the casino of $180,000.  


Izyiah Plummer, a former security guard at Caesars Atlantic City, appears to have headed the robbery and given precise instructions to his accomplices.  According to New Jersey State Police Capt. Christopher Leone, in a press conference held on August 14, "They pulled up to a door on a side street not frequently used, and they had detailed knowledge where to look for the money."


The arrests, which took place across three states, didn't come without incident.  John Greenlee, the father of one of the suspects, fired shots at police officers as they entered the family's home in Delaware, wounding one of them.  The policeman was wearing body armor and only suffered a minor injury. It appears the thieves had time to go on a shopping spree before their arrests.  The authorities have recovered $50,000 worth of marijuana, expensive jewelry, shoes, and clothes.


In a new twist on an older high-profile Las Vegas crime, three women appeared in Las Vegas court on August 7 on charges of smuggling a cell phone to a state prisoner.  The recipient was accused Strip shooter Ammar Harris, who allegedly shot and killed a man on the Las Vegas Strip in February of last year.  He's already serving a long prison sentence for sexual assault and robbery, and may face the death penalty if convicted of the murder charges related to the Strip shooting.  The three accused women, Olga Gonzalez; Reann Gadson; and Charmain Simmons, also face charges for bribing a prison official. 


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