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Two Las Vegas casinos robbed

Police searching for separate suspects

Updated Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008 | 5:23 p.m.

This is a surveillance photo Metrol Police released of the Fitzgerald's hotel and casino robbery suspect. The hotel was robbed about 4 a.m. today, Nov. 13, 2008.

This is a surveillance photo Metrol Police released of the Fitzgerald's hotel and casino robbery suspect. The hotel was robbed about 4 a.m. today, Nov. 13, 2008.

Two Las Vegas casinos were robbed in the early morning hours today and Metro Police are searching for two separate suspects.

Shortly after midnight, the Wildfire Casino on North Rancho Road was robbed of $10,000 by a gun-toting man who threatened a clerk, police said.

Then, about 4 a.m., a man walked up to a Fitzgerald's hotel and casino cage cashier in downtown Las Vegas, handed the clerk a note and walked out with $5,300 in cash, police said. The clerk did not see a weapon, but the man implied that he had one, police said.

That robber left Fitzgerald's and hailed a taxicab on Third Street, police said. He was dropped off near 17th Street and Oakey Boulevard, officers said.

Before going to Fitzgerald's, the same man caused a disturbance at the Golden Nugget, but security guards there escorted him off the property, police said. Robbery detectives secured video camera tapes at both the Golden Nugget and Fitzgerald's.

The man who robbed Fitzgerald's is desribed as stocky, about 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, between 35 and 40 years of age with dark hair and a moustache, police said. The man was wearing a tan, short-sleeved shirt and dark pants at the time of the robbery, police said.

Anyone who has any information on either robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

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