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Atlantis foils cashier cage heist

Three Bahamians fill area just off casino with pepper spray; 17 employees taken to hospital
JEFFREY TODD
Guardian Business Editor
jeffrey@nasguard.com

Published: Sep 23, 2012

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The largest resort in The Bahamas foiled an attempted robbery on Sunday afternoon targeting its casino operations, according to top management.

At around noon today, three bandits flooded an employee-only area with pepper spray not far from the gambling floor at Atlantis on Paradise Island.

The perpetrators were arrested by security and taken into custody by the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Executives at the hotel said 16 employees were taken to hospital from exposure to the pepper spray. Tourists were barred from the casino floor during the investigation.

"It is a foiled robbery attempt and our security teams did an outstanding job in apprehending the perpetrators. It happened just after noon today," said George Markantonis, president and managing director at Kerzner International (Bahamas).

Top management said the robbery was "ill-advised" considering the sophistication of the security systems and teams.

Access to the Paradise Island Bridge was restricted following the botched heist.

"We want to thank the Atlantis security team, the Royal Bahamas Police Force, and the Bahamas Emergency Services for their quick espouse and professionalism in this matter," Atlantis said in a statement.

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