TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Authorities released surveillance video and photos of a man who robbed a poker room cashier at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino early Friday morning.
The FBI and the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s police department are investigating the robbery.
A man with a handgun robbed a cashier in the poker room just after 2 a.m. The man took an unknown amount of cash from the cashier.
Seminole Tribe of Florida police said no shots were fired and no one was injured.
Casino patrons were shocked this happened.
“I said, ‘Wow, how much money did they get?’ That was the first thought and then I wondered if anyone got hurt,” said Joseph Billings.
The robber is described as a black man who is about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweater with gray sleeves and black sweat pants.
The suspect fled on foot and headed south on Orient Road south of Interstate 4.
“Good for him I guess, until he gets caught and then he is going to go to jail. Obviously there are cameras everywhere, there is going to be film. It is only a matter of time before they get him. It’s not a real smart play,” said Mike McCurry, customer.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies and K9s are assisting with the search.
Seminole Tribe of Florida police and Seminole Hard Rock security officers are reviewing surveillance video from multiple locations.
Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspect involved in this case. Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the suspect and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile application. Crime Stoppers must be contacted first in order to be eligible for a cash reward.
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