In the Gers, the casino of Barbotan-les-Thermes targeted by burglars!
During the night of Thursday 23 to Friday 24 February, the Barbotan-les-Thermes casino, located in the commune of Cazaubon, in the Gers, was robbed by two individuals while it was not in use. According to France Bleu Gascogne, the public prosecutor of Auch has opened an investigation for theft and burglary. If we do not really know the amount of the damage, the case would be taken very seriously.
Night burglary: the casino of Barbotan-les-Thermes taken by storm
An investigation was opened by the public prosecutor of Auch after the casino of Barbotan-les-Thermes, located in a spa town attached to the commune of Cazaubon, was robbed in the middle of the night by two individuals. The two individuals did not escape the surveillance cameras as they broke into the casino, which was closed at the time.
At this stage of the investigation, it is known that the two criminals were equipped with crowbars and robbed the contents of the boxesestimated at ” a few thousand euros “according to a source close to France Bleu Gascogne. Indeed, the video-surveillance images show two men forcing the main door of the casino during long minutes, before penetrating inside the establishment. The only problem is that they were wearing balaclavas, which could pose a problem when they are identified later.
” It took them, I’d say, almost fifteen minutes to break through the main entrance, which means the door still held up well ” says Plumier, general manager of the casino managed and operated by the Circus Group. ” They emptied the cash floats in the various areas, from the slot rooms to the bar, to the main cash register, located at the front desk “, continues the interested party.
Casinos in the Gers: a second robbery in the space of eight years
Despite the damage to its main entrance, the Barbotan-les-Thermes casino was able to reopen its doors to its customers on Friday, February 24, 2023, albeit with a slight delay compared to the usual schedule. Players apparently appreciated the fact that the early morning events did not interfere with their daily routine.
It should be noted that this is not the first time that a casino has been the object of a theft in the Gers department. Indeed, in 2015, the casino of the small spa town of Castéra-Verduzan had suffered a armed robbery. The thieves had left the premises with €12,800 in their pockets, without any act of violence having been committed. They were tried by the Gers Assize Court and are now serving their sentence in prison.