Armed Robberies Hit Local Bingo Hall

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

These surveillance photos show one of two robbery suspects in action at the Southland Bingo Hall in Holt.

"Two males entered from the back of the business armed with handguns and ordered people to the ground," said Sgt. Danielle Patrick of Ingham County Sheriff's Department.

There were just four or five employees left when the masked men showed up around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night. They got away with a couple purses and a bag of paperwork the sheriff's department says they thought was cash.

"Anybody who's a victim of a crime especially when there is a weapon involved is going to be shaken up," said Sgt. Patrick. "They were clearly shaken up and they are concerned."

So are employees at nearby businesses, like stylist Timothy Jakeway who left for the day hardly 40 minutes before the robbery.

"It does concern. It's not like we have a lot of cash but with the economy they're robbing a place for any cash," said Jakeway.

Southland Bingo Hall employees declined to talk on camera. But they did say while there can be big jackpots, like this Friday night's $11,000 one, that doesn't mean there's that sum just sitting around in cash.

The same holds true at Jackpots Hall in Lansing.

"On occasion we all have progressive jackpots that can grow to a larger amount and can be several thousands of dollars at times and some criminal may find that appealing, but what they don't know is the winner of that jackpot is gonna be paid with a check," said Jackpots owner Don Loding.

Jackpots has an alarm system, surveillance cameras, and a well-lit parking lot.

"We're going to bring in extra security guards for our own building in the late night hours until these suspects are apprehended,"

Until then they're not taking any chances.

This isn't the first time there's been an armed robbery at the Southland Bingo Hall.

It also happened about a year and a half ago.

The Ingham County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to come forward with any information on these suspects.

They've identified a silver Chrysler van as a vehicle of interest.


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