Bellagio Burglary At High-End Jewelry Store Sends Hotel Into Lockdown

Posted March 26, 2017

A possible burglary in the vicinity of Las Vegas' famous Bellagio casino sent panicked guests fleeing in the wee hours of this morning, before metro police said on Twitter that there is "no active shooter" and no one has suffered any injuries.

The casino and hotel was put on lockdown as reports of an "active shooter" circulated. Police have not yet named the retail store or identified any of the burglars.

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First, the suspects couldn't start their auto in the hotel's parking garage and then they failed to carjack another driver, Lt. Carlos Hank told the paper.

The Bellagio is home to several high-end jewelry and watch stores, including Tiffany and Harry Winston. The incident happened shortly before 3 a.m. local time, and witnesses told police the men smashed the store's windows to get inside, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

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Police initially thought at least one of the theives may have fired gunshots during the burglary, but later said they believed the sound of the sledgehammers breaking the jewelry cases may have been confused for gunshots.

The suspects wore character masks during the incident, including a pig mask seen in photos from the scene posted on social media. When it wouldn't start, they tried to carjack someone else, and then tried to run away, the Sun reported.

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