ELKO – One of two suspects in Friday’s casino robbery and car fire has been in jail since shortly after the crimes occurred.
James B. Squires, 33, of Elko was picked up Friday morning at an apartment on South 12th Street for an alleged probation violation, and booked at Elko County Jail on a no-bail hold for probation authorities. Additional charges were being filed Wednesday, including robbery and conspiracy to commit arson, according to Elko Police Lt. Mike Palhegyi.
“More arrests are forthcoming,” Palhegyi said.
Squires is believed to be the taller of two people shown in multiple surveillance camera videos entering the Dotty’s casino in the Smith’s shopping mall at about 6:50 a.m. Friday.
The robbers sprayed employees and patrons with what is believed to have been bear spray, a strong form of pepper spray. They took an undisclosed amount of money from the casino and fled in a vehicle, which was set on fire a few minutes later on Dotta Drive. Police believe the fire was set to conceal evidence.
Squires was arrested Friday because he was being investigated for violating terms of his probation. He was convicted in 2016 of separate crimes of embezzlement and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, in Churchill and Humboldt counties, according to the Nevada Department of Parole and Probation.
Police released surveillance photos of the Elko crime on Monday. It was the fifth robbery or attempted robbery in Elko in the past five months.
Anyone with information related to the robbery or car fire is asked to contact the Elko Police Department at 777-7310.