Video shows brazen Southland armed robbery - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Video shows brazen Southland armed robbery

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC-TV) - Investigators hope you will recognize the gunman and are amazed that no one was hurt when three young men burst into the Southland Greyhound Park with guns blazing and in broad daylight.
  
Surveillance cameras at Southland Greyhound Park captured every angle of a bold armed robbery.  Now West Memphis investigators want to capture the three suspects caught on tape.
 
"Anything could have happened that could have turned this simple robbery into a tragedy," Capt. Donald Oakes of the West Memphis Police Department said.

Oakes said just after 1:30 last Friday afternoon, three armed robbers double parked a stolen red Chevy Aveo outside the main entrance.  They storm the main entrance of the casino with guns drawn and head straight for a cash booth and surround the clerk who frantically hands over $600.  Then the suspects leave the same way they came in.  It was all over in less than 30 seconds.

After 18 years in law enforcement, even Oakes had never seen anything like it.

"To pull up as bold as they were, park in front of the casino run straight in and rob it.  Very high risk high probability of getting caught. Shows not a lot of concern getting caught," Oakes said.

Oakes could not say much about the investigation other than there has been a lot of progress. And, he says, according to witnesses the suspects are very young. 

West Memphis police found the stolen car abandoned in a nearby neighborhood the night of the robbery.

If you know anything about this crime call Crittenden County Crimestoppers at 870-732-4444.


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