Up to 45 years for thief who robbed casino
The crook got away with over $29,000 in equipment when he attacked Peppermill Resort Hotel in September
This past September, Nathanael Burton Smith completed what he thought had been a brilliantly developed plan. He decided he would rob a casino but, instead of going after the money, he would go for electronic equipment, tools and other items that may have been less protected. Unfortunately for the 31-year-old mastermind wannabe, a casino is always a casino and stealing anything from it is virtually impossible.
Smith was able to get into the Peppermill Resort Hotel in Reno, Nevada and make his way to the audio/video storage room. There, he drilled out locks to gain access to the room and packed up electronics equipment and power tools and made his big escape. At this point, he probably thought he had pulled off his own version of the crime of the century.
The thief managed to avoid being caught for several months. The casino may have uncovered the incident earlier, but it wasn’t this past February that they contacted the Reno Police Department to seek help in tracking the crook down. Smith was seen on video surveillance carrying out the robbery and vehicles he used in the attack were also able to be identified through the network of cameras on the property.
With a face now available, Reno detectives went to work trying to figure out who the criminal could have been. It didn’t take long – Smith uses social media and his mug was plastered everywhere for an easy comparison and even easier identification.
That was all it took to learn his name and address. Police moved in, arresting Smith at his mobile home where they found some of the stolen equipment that Smith apparently had not been yet able to fence. He has now faced a judge, pleading guilty to three counts of burglary and two counts of grand larceny. If convicted of all charges and receives the maximum possible sentence, he’s looking at up to 45 years behind bars.