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DA: 'Clever scheme' led to indictment of accused slot thieves

Reported by: Fatima Rahmatullah
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Updated: 12/24/2013 6:44 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- Three men were recently indicted by a grand jury on charges of conspiracy, burglary and theft.

The target was a convenience store slot machine.

It was a clever inside job, but it was also very simple. Three suspects figured out all they had to do was tip the slot machine, slip their hand in and they literally grabbed the jackpot.

Mohamed Hassanin, Ndricim Beqiri and Kosta Hysa are accused of stealing more than $80,000 dollars from slot machines at a local gas station.

The men worked at the Lucky Champ gas station in the 1400 block of West Bonanza when they apparently became tempted by lots of cash depositing in slot machines at the convenience store.

According to the grand jury transcript, the trio figured out that slot machines have multiple cash cans inside them, and once those cans fill up, the machines stop working.

To fix the problem -- a technician is called who arrives to adjust the cash cans. The full can inside the machine is moved to a bottom shelf and an empty one then takes its place to catch more falling money from gamblers.

The suspects figured out if they just tip the machines, they could get access to the full cash can on the bottom shelf by simply sticking their hand inside.

But to speed up the process, the trio would deposit their own cash which helped to fill up the can faster, and summon the technician.

The suspects turned off the surveillance cameras, and would turn them back on when they were through. But on one occasion, they caused a 17-minute gap -- when they flipped the switch too early, they taped themselves leaving the crime scene.

Investigators saw three men walk out with a box and brown bag and that's where the authorities think the stolen money may have been.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson credits the three men with a clever scheme for effectively stealing lots of money but thanks to the suspects, it was all caught on video.

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