Casino robbery report results in hotel evacuation

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WCSO vehicle (June 2016). My Ferndale News file photo.

Silver Reef Hotel and Casino guests got an early wake up call as Lummi Nation and Ferndale Police officers had everyone evacuate the hotel about 3:30am this morning due to a reported bomb threat.

The threat was related to a robbery reported by an employee at the casino cash cage shortly after 3am. According to radio transmissions between What-Comm 911 dispatchers and Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office personnel, a call was received from a casino employee saying an off-duty employee had come to the casino’s cash cage requesting assistance with “bagging some money.” The off-duty employee then left the casino in a black pickup.

The off-duty employee minutes later called What-Comm 911 from a location in the 2700 block of Douglas Road to say they had been forced at gunpoint by a male to get the cash. The male reportedly had left in a black 4-door sedan. The off-duty employee said the male had mentioned to them he was going to place a bomb in the casino.

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While the hotel and casino were being evacuated, law enforcement began their investigation of the robbery.

About 6:30am, it was reported law enforcement had located an unspecified amount of cash on Lampman Road near Olson Road.

A person at the hotel reported guests had been allowed to return to their rooms.

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Map below indicates approximate locations of the casino, where the off-duty employee was contacted by law enforcement and where the cash was recovered (click markers for details).

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