CPSO speaks out on how they connected 5 people to the Luck Star Casino robbery

Published: Dec. 30, 2018 at 5:44 PM CST
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It was 4:30 in the morning when Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Deputies were informed about a robbery that has taken place at the Lucky Star Casino.

"Two masked men entered the casino and demanded cash," CPSO Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory said.

Investigators say they found inconsistencies with witness and security guard statements. That’s when they turned to the casino's surveillance video.

"They observed some people going inside the casino, looking like they were casing the place,” Guillory said. “Very suspicious."

Through the video, deputies say they were able to identify a key piece of the investigation.

"Apparently, people came into the casino prior in a white impala, the robbers returned to the casino in a white impala,” Guillory said. “So our investigators were able to tie those two together and determine that it was an inside job."

Deputies say casino security guard, Brandon Guillory, admitted he planned the robbery with his fiancé Amie Nelson. They reportedly soliciting the help of Nelson's son Tre'Von Gray and friend’s Jashone Dean Beverly and Joshua Stewart.

"The two adults were responsible enough to make their own decisions,” Guillory said. “When they influence three 17-year-old’s to go in there and do an armed robbery, and now they are sitting in jail on a felony charge."

Investigators were able to locate all of the stolen property and return it to the owner. Guillory says most casino owners are not so lucky.

"Sometimes in these types of cases, by the time we catch up with the person that's responsible, they have already spent the money,” Guillory said. “We think our detectives did an excellent job in solving.”

We reached out to the lucky star casino owner, but he declined to go on camera.

The casino was closed today.

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