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Police make second arrest in casino robbery

Police make second arrest in casino robbery

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ELKO — Elko police have made a second arrest in Friday’s casino robbery and car fire, but the investigation of more suspects is continuing.

Tony A. Pressler, 36, of Spring Creek was arrested early Thursday morning at Stockmen’s Casino. He was booked into Elko County Jail at 1:52 a.m. on charges of robbery, burglary, grand larceny, conspiracy to commit robbery, and conspiracy to commit third-degree arson.

His bail was listed at $145,000.

On Wednesday, an Elko man who was picked up on a probation violation shortly after the crimes was charged with similar offenses. James B. Squires, 33, was booked on robbery, burglary, conspiracy to commit grand larceny, and two counts of conspiracy to commit criminal contempt.

Police said Squires is believed to be the taller of two people shown in surveillance video of the robbery. His bail was listed at $120,000.

Elko Police Lt. Mike Palhegyi said more suspects are being investigated in a joint effort including the Elko County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Gaming Control and the Elko Combined Narcotics unit.

The robbers entered Dotty’s casino in the Smith’s shopping mall at about 6:50 a.m. Friday and 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.


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