Published Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 4:35 a.m.
Updated Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 5:25 a.m.
Burglars armed with sledgehammers smashed the glass entrance of a high-end jewelry store at the Bellagio early today, stealing items, fleeing and prompting authorities to lockdown parts of the property, according to Metro Police.
There was no gunfire, which police initially believed to be the case, and no one was injured, Lt. Carlos Hank said this morning.
At least three “well dressed” suspects made their way into the jewelry store, which was seemingly closed for the night, and broke their way into it, stealing “valuable” items. Police responded about 12:50 p.m, Hank said.
The suspects proceeded to the parking garage and tried to drive away, but their vehicle wouldn’t start, Hank said. They continued on foot and tried to carjack a driver at an undisclosed location. They ran when that effort also was unsuccessful, he said.
Several people had been detained and were being questioned, but Hank couldn’t confirm any arrests as of 4:15 a.m.
The lockdown, which included the casino and the parking garage were shut down for at least an hour as officers secured the scene and made sure no one was injured, Hank said.
A social media post from a Bellagio patron after the robbery shows what appears to be person wearing a pig mask stationed outside a Rolex store at the Bellagio holding what appeared to be a sledgehammer.
“Literally just witnessed an armed robber in a pig mask at a Rolex store at the Bellagio & then his arrest...,” she wrote.
Hank said he heard of reports of the pig mask, but couldn’t confirm that the tweet was authentic as he hadn’t personally seen it or surveillance images.
Marked Metro squad vehicles and robbery detectives remained at the scene about 4:45 a.m.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report