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Report: Bellagio robbery suspect bought gifts for adult entertainers

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Police said an employee of the Bellagio hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip was robbed at gunpoint on July 25, 2014. (FOX5 FILE) Police said an employee of the Bellagio hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip was robbed at gunpoint on July 25, 2014. (FOX5 FILE)
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According to his arrest report, a man so far only identified as John Doe used cash stolen from the Bellagio hotel and casino to lavish gifts on adult entertainers.

Police said about 8:15 p.m. on Friday, a man approached a cashier's cage at the Bellagio and placed a small, black backpack on the counter, unzipped it and removed a gun. He then pointed it at a cashier and demanded cash.

The cashier, who told police she feared for her life, complied, and the man exited the property on foot with approximately $43,500, according to the report.

On Saturday, Metro police were tipped off about a suspicious man staying at a room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Paradise Road, just east of the Las Vegas Strip.

The man who tipped police off, a tourist from Texas, told police the man offered to pay him $300 to rent a room for him as he didn't have identification. The tourist complied, but found the situation suspicious and notified police.

When police arrived, they located John Doe wearing what appeared to be the same shirt as the man caught on surveillance camera robbing the Bellagio. Police also located three self-described entertainers and several items inside the room linking the man to the robbery.

The women told police they were called to the room at the Hard Rock by an agency to entertain a man who identified himself as Steve.

One of the entertainers told police that the man took her and another woman to the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace where he purchased several items for them, including True Religion denim shorts valued at $130, Louis Vuitton sandals valued at $1,800 and a Louis Vuitton belt valued at $800. Each purchase was made with cash, the report stated.

A search also turned up cash wrapped in bands with the word "Bellagio" on them, a BB gun matching the description of the gun used in the robbery and what was described in the arrest report as a "green leafy substance."

When the John Doe was interviewed, he gave police a series of contradictory statements and denied using drugs, despite having a dilated pupil. Police said the man's eyes rolled back into his head during questioning, he would laugh inappropriately and at one point said, "I was smoking too much, I guess."

The man was booked into Clark County Detention Center on counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, burglary and grand larceny.

Police also linked the man to a recent bank robbery.

Earlier in the investigation, police identified Jesse Jones, 32, as a person of interest in the robbery. As of Sunday, he was no longer considered as such.

Police were still seeking information on the incident. They urged anyone with details to contact Metro's Robbery Section at 702-828-3591 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555. People can also send tips anonymously through www.crimestoppersonv.com.

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