Armed Robbers Hit Rolex Store Inside Bellagio, Resort Goes on Lockdown

A Rolex store named Tesorini at Bellagio was robbed in the early morning hours of March 25, 2017, prompting reports of an “active shooter” (later proven to be false) and general chaos at the high-end Strip resort.

Several news outlets passed along social media posts by witnesses, with conflicting information about the robbery.

A Twitter post shows an armed robber wearing a pig mask outside the Rolex store. Other masks included a cat mask and panda mask.

Bellagio Rolex robbery

Yeah, that’s not creepy at all.

The robber in the photo was one of four suspects involved in the burglary.

The four robbers carried sledge hammers, presumably to assist with smashing the store entrance and jewelry display cases.

The store was closed at the time of the robbery (about 12:50 a.m.). We’re thinking authorities can eliminate rocket scientists from the pool of suspects, as luxury shops generally remove merchandise from display cases overnight. Rolex watches can cost $30,000 or more.

Early reports said at least one of the suspects fired shots inside the Rolex store during the robbery, but authorities later stated witnesses actually heard glass breaking.

One robber, Sebastian Gonzalez, was quickly apprehended by police. Reports suggest the suspect was captured in the Bellagio’s parking garage. Here’s another Twitter pic of the suspect being led out by police.

Bellagio Las Vegas

Asshats in pig masks are why we can’t have nice things.

The robbers apparently tried to escape in a vehicle, but the car wouldn’t start. They then tried to carjack another vehicle, then attempted to escape by foot.

As word of the robbery spread, dozens of guests fled Bellagio (described by several witnesses as a “stampede”), and the casino floor of the neighboring Cosmopolitan was evacuated as a precautionary measure.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has confirmed there were no injuries as a result of the robbery.

Bellagio, owned by MGM Resorts International, has been the site of other robberies and attempted robberies. Probably because that’s where all the money is. Please try and keep up.

In 2010, card-carrying bonehead (and son of a Las Vegas judge) Tony Carleo stole $1 million in chips from the craps pit at Bellagio while wearing a motorcycle helmet. Carleo is currently serving 3-11 years in jail for his misadventure.

In addition to that real-life heist, the most notorious robbery of Bellagio was fictional. Bellagio was one of the targets in “Oceans Eleven.”

6 thoughts on “Armed Robbers Hit Rolex Store Inside Bellagio, Resort Goes on Lockdown

  1. Photoncounter

    A pig mask? Really?

    I think most high end watch and jewelry stores put all their inventory in safes at the end of the day. A sledgehammer is of no use here. They should have eaten their pistols and done everyone a favor.

  2. Three Slice Toaster

    Same store was robbed in May of last year. Retail robberies in Las Vegas casinos happen ALL THE TIME.

    The Hollywood notion of a squad of undercover guards swooping down on a perp like in one of the Ocean’s movies only applies to the casino floor. The retail space is entirely separate from the casino. They’re owned by the big mall companies like Simon and GGP and others who own regular malls in other cities. They don’t benefit from the same type of security as the casinos, themselves.

    Some of the higher-end stores get robbed over and over and over again. Some get robbed once or twice weekly. Not “robbed” at gunpoint, but someone will grab an armful of $5,000 handbags and run for the door. The staff are trained to just let them go because the retailers’ insurance companies would rather pay to replace a bunch of purses than for an injured employee. The robbers know this, which is why they come back again and again.

    When they run out into the main mall area, the goods are passed on to accomplices who disappear into the crowds. By the time the store calls mall security, the crooks are long gone. Surveillance video coverage is as sparse as the security patrols in the retail spaces, again because they’re operated as malls by mall companies, not as part of the casino. Even if a mall security person sees someone run out of a store with an armful of loot, they are trained not to stop them. All they’re allowed to do is call the real police. And if you’ve ever had to dial 9-1-1 in Las Vegas lately, you know what a farce that can be.

    In short, I guess it’s some kind of secret that the glittering casino retail spaces in Las Vegas casinos are just regular malls, like in Denver, or Des Moines, or Detroit. They aren’t any more secure. And there are certain stores that are robbed so often that it actually hurts sales because they run out of certain inventory. So the next time you hear about a store getting robbed at Caesars, or Palazzo, or anywhere else, don’t be surprised. Just shake your head and wonder what the world has come to.

  3. Mike Hornsby

    They were just trying to get enough loot to sell so they could afford the resort and parking fees for their stay that week.


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