A man in his 50s was allegedly robbed of more than $10,000 in cash while playing at a slot machine at Resorts World New York City Casino in South Ozone Park early Wednesday morning, according to a police source.
The unidentified individual was allegedly approached by a black male in his 20s, who maced him in the face around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, the source said. The alleged thief then took off with the victim’s bag, which contained at least $10,000, according to the source. Police did not specify if the stolen money was won at the casino.
After making off with the middle-aged man’s bag, the suspect fled the casino, located on Rockaway Boulevard, and has not been arrested, the same source said.
There are about 1,400 security cameras in the casino.
“This is the type of robbery that would normally take place outside the casino,” the source said.
“The fact that it happened inside the casino and the suspect was able to escape is a major area of concern,” the source said.
Police are making about three arrests weekly for such offenses as fighting and breaking machines, the source said.
A Resorts World spokesman said the casino's "first priority is the safety of our patrons."
"We are doing everything, including providing video footage from our state-of-the-art security system to the NYPD, to help apprehend the perpetrator and help ensure this never happens again," said Stefan Friedman, a spokesman for Resorts World New York.