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By Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter
Syndicated by: Montana News
According to Lt Niel Lawrence of the Billings Police Department, on Feb 2, 2018 at 11:48 p.m. Billings Police Officers responded to an armed robbery call that had been reported at the Dotty’s Casino located at 4010 Montana Sapphire Dr.
Once officers arrived on the scene they learned that a male suspect had entered the casino and had brandished a handgun, and was demanding money.
The male suspect left the casino with an undisclosed amount of cash and left in a
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vehicle that was parked outside the casino, which was occupied by another suspect who was the getaway driver.
Video surveillance was quickly obtained by the Billings Police who responded to the scene first.
Information was disseminated regarding the description of the suspects to other patrol officers who were responding to assist.
One hour later, the suspects vehicle was located by another Police officer parked at the Gold Dust Casino – located at 1310 15th St W –
The subjects were described as walking away from their getaway vehicle and into the Gold Dust Casino. Billings Police Officers entered the Casino and took them into custody.
Both suspects were incarcerated into YCDF on suspicion of Robbery.
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