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Missoula police investigate trio of holiday armed robberies

Published On: Dec 26 2013 06:33:57 PM MST

Two casinos and one motel were robbed by gunpoint over the Christmas holidays.

Police are trying to fit pieces together to see if the crimes are connected.


Missoula police are investigating three armed robberies in a close time span over the Christmas holidays.

Investigators said the lives of a motel clerk and two casino workers were threatened with handguns.

Somebody got away with money in all three robberies.

About 2:20 Christmas morning, police said a man came in alone to Montana Lils Casino on North Reserve, flashed a handgun at a  clerk, and made off with cash.

"About six feet tall wearing dark clothing and a bandana over his face," said Lt. Det. Scott Brodie.

A few minutes before midnight, on Christmas Eve, the Brooks Street Motor Inn got hit.

Investigators said the robber wore camouflage and a black face mask.

On Sunday, December 22nd, a masked, lean, six foot plus man robbed Lucky Ladys Casino on Brooks.

Nobody was injured in the robberies.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 721-4444.