They explained that they were “intrigued” by articles about my time at Metro, especially “this one in April, where you mention Vice ‘Trick-Roll’ detectives” (http://lasvegastribune.net/
Security at a hotel called me on my department-issued cell phone while on my way home after work. A felony (trick-roll) was ‘in-progress’ and I was able to give directions to security to keep the video recording the incident and then I hung up and notified on-duty officers. They responded and made two excellent arrests on career criminals (Hunt and
King). We notified the Vice “Trick-Roll” detectives and everything turned out fine — one of them even responded! I was given written praise by my lieutenant but later learned that Captain Hank had filed a statement of complaint against me for this same incident.
The company representative informed me, “As you can imagine, we’re finding it difficult to obtain data on trick-rolling and other crimes in Las Vegas. It definitely does feel like the police departments and experts we’ve contacted are withholding information to prevent negative press about Las Vegas.”
They had been told during their research about the severity of the trick-roll problem but they were apparently being given the run-around and facing an information black-out. They were also aware of the potentially massive under-reporting of prostitution-related crimes by the victims.
They explained their attempts to obtain information on other crimes such as armed robberies, money laundering, credit hustling, illegal gambling, and cheating crimes at casinos in Las Vegas. Their assessment was that the LVMPD, the Nevada Gaming Control Board and District Attorney’s Office had all been reluctant in providing data on these investigations and convictions. I’m not sure if they were even aware of the extreme levels of violence on the Strip that I have referred to as Beat-Downs and Brain-Bleeds.
Metro’s Tourist Crimes Division (now headed by Deputy Chief Gary Schofield) probably referred them to the Vice Unit (which is no longer dominated by a recently retired megalomaniac). Researchers or reporters can be given the ‘run-around’ which allows crime stats to get deeply buried at multiple locations within Metro.
I conducted my own inquiries and was provided with the following perspectives: Trick-rolls are still a big problem. The stealing hasn’t slowed down. Just listening to my counterparts from other properties, I’d estimate we’ve had way over a million this year already. On top of that add in fake sunglasses, handbags, 3-card Monty and other stuff on the bridges, and theft of rental electric scooters from guests. Credit card fraud is still huge too.
Part of the problem is still ‘uniforms’ (patrol officers) and security at some properties talking ‘tricks’ out of filing reports and the unwillingness (of the District Attorney) to bring them back to testify if they are from another country, even if it’s Vancouver, Canada or Tijuana, Mexico. You know how it is, though — bad publicity is bad forbusiness. No active Metro Officer or Security in the casinos will talk on the record in fear of losing their jobs.
The press doesn’t get any answers from us because we are prohibited from discussing business with them and frankly they twist and make up sh-t to begin with. The trick rolls ARE getting to be more and [you’re] right in assuming that Metro (still) talks the victim out of filing if they get their property back. A lot of the victims don’t want to file because they’re married. That would be about a good 80%.
It’s the patrol officers that are getting very lazy. And it’s always the same guys. And the laziness isn’t just trick rolls, it’s even domestic violence or anything else that would take their time and booking at jail. It’s sad and I’m not impressed lately.
We have more trouble with Prostitutes than anything else! This (surveillance photos attached) was this morning’s action. It is out of control! No one cares what they (pimps and prostitutes) do… WHY?
After sharing these initial perspectives they responded, “Your insight’s been more valuable than anyone we’ve spoken to about how crime is dealt with in LV. It means we can now stand up the fact that Trick-rolling is still on the rise in Vegas, something our FOIA request to Vegas Metro hasn’t been able to do.”
It is a DISGRACE that Metro and the ‘tourist mafia’ can control information and conceal the facts. MILLIONS of dollars are stolen every year — probably monthly! The whole process (victim report to security, security notification of police, police not wanting to do
anything, and both security and police frequently dissuading victims) is a recipe for failure! I used to explain to my college students that criminals on the Strip could pay for an entire college degree with the proceeds of one night of theft… and they would face an incredibly minimal chance of getting caught and prosecuted. I know this for a fact… from years of working in the dysfunctional system. Metro and the District Attorney are both major reasons for the proliferation of tourist crimes. Hiding the truth will not reduce the crime. Maybe Donald Trump needs to be a consultant to the LVMPD and put the facts out to the people!
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