Police said that a man dressed in a wig, fedora, and fake mustache entered the Rio Casino on Thursday at 4:30 a.m. where he allegedly stole $33,200 in chips from the pai gow tables.
Steven Gao entered the Rio at approximately 4.30 a.m. on Thursday, February 28. 45-year-old Gao then grabbed the chips, put them in a shoulder bag, and fled the casino in a taxi driven by 61-year-old Hiroyuki Yamaguchi. Police said that Gao then met with Edward Land at another casino in order to pay off a gambling debt. Yamaguchi and Land are in custody, however Gao is still at large. All three robbers (Gao, Land, and Yamaguchi) avoided Las Vegas police for two days. However, the alleged criminals left a long trail of evidence behind them.
First off, two of the men escaped using Yamaguchi’s taxi to make an escape from the casino. Yamaguchi had been a taxi driver for several years, and police easily traced the cab. In addition, the robbers’ entire conversation was recorded on the taxi’s onboard audio system. Using the taxi as a getaway car was obviously a big mistake. It almost seems as though the men wanted to get caught. To make matters even worse, the robbers’ entire conversation during the time of the robbery was recorded on the taxi’s audio system.
And, if that wasn’t enough evidence for police, the three robbers used a casino pay phone to call each other after the incident. All in all, the men left a trail of evidence all over Sin City¾at the casino, in the taxicab, and in their pockets.
With such so evidence stacked against them, chances are the three men will receive longer sentences. Police are still looking for Steve Gao, who walked out of the casino with $33,200 in poker chips.