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    Excelsior Casino at Holiday InNews Excelsior Casino at Holiday Inn Robbery

    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?

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    Sounds like no one was hurt... so that's a plus.

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    Wow! I'm guessing (Hoping) no one was hurt
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Not a smart move unless they have a great exit plan. Cameras everywhere and your on an island where most people know most people. Hard to hide on a small island.

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    I'm surprised that the crooks got into the Casino at that time in the morning. The doors are locked from inside the hotel 'till slots open at 9 am. And I thought that the outside door was also as I would try to get through to my vehicle in the parking lot. I remember Margaret well. She was a reporter as well as the Editor. If I remember correctly she took over the paper from her parents. She helped me greatly one time. We went out to lunch and she followed my car back to my timeshare for more conversation. A lady slammed into my rental. Margaret dealt with speaking to the police for me. Nice lady.

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    Wow not good.

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    Very scary. Hopefully they catch them and hold them accountable.

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    A friend in Aruba said they were Venezuelan's. I have to agree as this was posted on line this morning:

    OVERRUN BY VENEZUELAN VISITORS
    . If you visited the supermarket in the past few days you saw the long lines of Venezuelan visitors buying cases of beer which they in turn intend to sell to bar owners at a discount, so that they can get their hands on some green-back cash. I see them waiting patiently for pick ups, leaning tiredly on their loaded carts. Who picks them up? Where do they go to sell the beer? My friends at the market report they moved 400 cases in two days. Balashi must be pleased. The supermarket must be pleased with increased sales. The bar owners must be pleased with the savings. The Venezuelan visitors must be pleased, as they convert their plastic to cash. The airlines must be pleased with 2,000 seats from Venezuela occupied, day in, day out. The airport must be pleased, imagine how much Departure Tax it is collecting?! So why am I so unhappy? I am unhappy because the whole thing is wrong. It is against the law to buy or sell or transport or lodge without appropriate permits. It ruins our peaceful, law-abiding character. The whole phenomenon of visitors hanging in parks, lingering on benches, and charging their phones under trees junks up our tourist product, and disrupts the island’s Good Orderly Direction! I even heard that these same Venezuelan entrepreneurs try to sell their discounted beer to other tourists on our beaches. On the other hand I feel their hardship and the humiliation suffered, I am sorry for their heartache and I am wondering if indeed it is correct that people always get the government they deserve. Do the Venezuelans deserve that?

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    Liz where did u get that article ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    Liz where did u get that article ?
    Rona.

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