Police continue search following Southland heist

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC-TV) - Things were back to normal at Southland Park Gaming and Racing Friday night, with most customers unaware of the crime that occurred hours earlier.

Friday afternoon around 2pm, three masked men walked in, demanding money from a cashier, who was trained to hand it over. The crooks got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

General Manager Troy Keeping said it was the first crime of its kind to hit the casino-like-facility since it opened.

"It does happen in the Tunica market. It happens in banks. It's just one of the inherent risks," Keeping said.

Thanks to sophisticated surveillance cameras inside and out, police knew the type of car in which the crooks got away: a red Chevy Aveo, taken during a carjacking in Memphis.
"It's our understanding from WMPD that we were one of several places that could have been hit today," Keeping said.

The robbery happened so fast -- most customers, and even employees, never even noticed.

And many still consider their safety at Southland a safe bet - something on which the facility is willing to risk its reputation.
All of the suspects wore hoodies or bandanas during the robbery. So, there's no real clear description.

The suspects remain at large. But their get-away car was recovered not far from the scene. West Memphis Police said it was likely ditched minutes after the crime.

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