ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – It’s the newest and arguably one of the most lavish casino in Missouri, but for the sprawling complex of Lumiere Place Casino and Hotel its downtown location might be its biggest flaw. KMOX news has learned that in 2011, the St. Louis Police Department received 155 calls to the casino, some in broad daylight. The most recent was an armed robbery on Christmas morning in the parking garage own by the casino. So what is being done to improve security, and who is to blame?
The Missouri Highway Patrol is in charge of security on all casino floors in Missouri, but not the parking garage or lots. The casino’s themselves must hire a personal security firm to patrol those areas. St. Louis Police Captain Kenneth Kegel says Lumiere is aware of the increase in crimes and has been working with the police to reduce them. One suggestion proved effective right away; installing additional surveillance cameras, and redirecting others in the Lumiere parking garage.
“As a result of that, two robberies prior to the one on Christmas we were able to make an arrest within 24 hours,” said Kegel. Also Lumiere installed gates to block off a popular nearby alley police identified as a hotbed of car breakins and robberies.
However, Kegel says not all crime at Lumiere originate there. One robbery victim’s fate was sealed when he pulled out a large sum of money at a liquor store in north St. Louis. The suspects then followed the man to Lumiere and where they robbed him near a garage elevator. Kegal says they have since been arrested.
Lumiere Casino did not wish to comment on this story, but Mayor Francis Slay’s office say they met with the General Manager of Lumiere last fall about security and say they are encouraged by the casinos positive response.
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