Fontainebleau Sees Theft of $300K Price of Copper, Steel

Posted on: March 7, 2024, 05:58h. 

Final up to date on: March 8, 2024, 10:32h.

An individual was arrested final week for swiping about $300K value of copper and different metals from the not too long ago opened Fontainebleau Las Vegas.

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Fontainebleau Las Vegas, pictured above. Copper and different metals had been stolen from the property. (Picture:

In complete, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Division (LVMPD) officers mentioned Alejandro Dejesus stole roughly 2,500 kilos of copper piping and different metals from the property, based on Las Vegas TV station KLAS.

The $300K estimated price consists of supplies and labor.

Dejesus was charged with theft, residential housebreaking, and destroying or injuring actual or private property of one other.

On Saturday, he appeared earlier than Las Vegas Decide Daniel Westmeyer earlier than being launched after posting a $25K bond. Dejesus is subsequent scheduled to look in courtroom on March 20.

Over six months, Dejesus had offered the copper and metals to a recycling firm, police mentioned. He informed police it was “leftover materials.”

Hid From Guard

When stopped by a safety guard on February 25 in a mechanical room on the property, Dejesus pretended to be a employee on the advanced. He was trying to cover behind a pillar on the time, KLAS reported.

When questioned, Dejesus informed the guard he was a building employee. The guard then requested Dejesus present an ID. However he informed the guard IDs had been in his truck.

Dejesus claimed he was going to the truck to retrieve the ID, however he by no means got here again.

The guard quickly situated a backpack crammed with copper shavings, a masks, and noticed blades, police mentioned. He reported the theft to the LVMPD on February 26.

LVMPD started to research the thefts and arrested Dejesus throughout a site visitors cease final Friday.

Dejesus later informed authorities that he “had been going to [the] Fontainebleau a number of instances per week over the previous yr.” He additionally claimed he had labored on the resort up till January 2023, which is why he was accustomed to the advanced.

Historical past of Troubled Venture

At a price ticket of $3.7 billion, Fontainebleau, which opened in December, is the latest addition to the Las Vegas Strip.

Building started in 2007 on the plot first occupied by the Thunderbird Lodge and On line casino in 1948. The Thunderbird was later renamed the Silverbird, after which the El Rancho, earlier than closing in 1992.

There have been a number of mishaps and setbacks earlier than the property opened in December, together with a July fireplace.

The troubled property has modified arms many instances through the years, with its longest proprietor being Carl Icahn, who bought the bankrupt undertaking in 2010 for $151M.

At present, Fontainebleau Las Vegas is a partnership between the Koch brothers and Florida actual property developer Jeffrey Soffer who additionally owns the Fontainebleau Miami Seaside.

Fontainebleau Las Vegas is situated on the north finish of the Strip. The on line casino has 1,300 machines and 128 desk video games.

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