Someone posted on an Aruba facebook group this morning that the Excelsior Casino at the Holiday Inn posted on its facebook page that they were "closed until further notice". He asked if anyone knew anything about it.
Margaret Wever (whose name I think I recognize -- I think she was a reporter who ran a news website a few years ago) replied with the following:
Bon dia, let me start off by saying: as a former reporter and one who has worked in tourism. I find it is responsible to let people know the truth rather than say "beyond our control" and let the rumors begin spreading. The casino was robbed this morning and I think they might not have a statement ready yet as they are working with police on this and the investigation is ongoing.
Noticiacla. com and other news outlets have reported some details. I will post hereunder.
A short while later, she added:
Not literal: just important details:
Three Spanish speaking armed men robbed the Excelsior Casino at 6:50 this morning, police were notified at 8:15. There were four employees (NO clients) in the casino at the time. They were bound with ty-wrap cable ties. The thieves took a considerable amount of money, the police spokesperson said "hopi hopi placa" (lit. a lot of money).
Authorities have closed the borders at the wharfs and airport in the investigation. There is a massive search ongoing.
Scary stuff! Anybody have any more information?