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article imageThieves armed with guns and machetes rob French casino

By AFP     Jul 26, 2015 in Crime

Three assailants armed with shotguns and machetes held up a casino in the resort village of Castera-Verduzan in southwest France, escaping with around 12,000 euros ($13,168), local police said Sunday.

The masked trio entered the casino overnight Saturday with around 15 gamblers and six employees present, police sources and local media said.

The robbers were said to have identified the cashier and took possession of the till before fleeing aboard a high-powered car without firing a shot.

Police forces in the nearby cities of Auch and Toulouse heading the investigation were still hunting for the perpetrators Sunday evening.

Diminutive Castera-Verduzan is a thermal springs resort around 60 kilometres (37 miles) northwest of Toulouse, with a casino that features 60 slot machines and two Black Jack tables.

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