Three well-dressed robbers wearing animal masks, carrying sledgehammers with them, smashed their way into a posh jewellery store in the early hours of Saturday at one of the most luxurious hotels of Las Vegas, Nevada.
The robbery forced authorities to lock down some parts of the high-class Bellagio Resort & Casino, which sent guests scrambling outside in panic.
Lieutenant Carlos Hank of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police stated the robbers were wearing stylish tuxedoes or suits, and one of them wore a pig mask. The police believe that one of the suspects was armed with a gun.
Lt. Hank said, "It is like a movie, it's just crazy".
The suspects' faces were completely hidden by the masks as they fled from the casino after grabbing valuables from inside the store. One suspect, however, had been captured and was interviewed by investigators the same day. His comrades were also arrested afterwards.
Bellagio is home to many different first-class watch and jewellery stores, including Omega, Harry Winston, Tiffany and Tesorini; however, police did not indicate which store was robbed.
The Bellagio jewellery store sledgehammer heist occurred hours prior to a separate incident in which a person was killed and a portion of the Las Vegas Strip was shut down by the police. One person was arrested over the deadly shooting.
Customers and eyewitnesses shared their experiences and images of the bizarre burglary on social media.