Cops Bust First Queens Casino Bandit
The suspect wanted for swiping $63,000 from Aqueduct Racetrack’s new casino was arrested on July 30 in Pennsylvania, police said.
Cops said Kevin Lides, 23, of Briarwood, was captured when detectives linked his fingerprint to a demand note he used during the June 29 holdup at the Resorts World Casino. Police also identified Lides as the suspect from his image, captured on surveillance video at the time of the holdup.
Cops said Lides walked into the South Ozone Park casino at about 4:45 p.m. on June 29 and slipped a note to a second-floor cashier demanding cash. The cashier handed over $63,000 to Lides, who fled to a hideout in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.
Lides was picked up by police in Monroe County, where he faced a judge on August 1 who will decide on his extradition to Queens.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Lides, when extradited to Queens, will be charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree grand larceny. Lides could face up to 25 years in jail, if convicted.
Resorts World Casino opened its doors opposite the Aqueduct Racetrack in October 2011, officials said. The casino generated $57.5 million in May 2012 – the highest revenue of any casino in the nation.
“The defendant is accused of brazenly walking into a crowded casino on a Friday afternoon and demanding money,” Brown said.
“The odds of getting away with such an alleged crime were stacked against him, and his long overdue arrest proves the old adage, ‘you can run, but you can’t hide.’”