A knife-wielding robber who planned out a casino heist on a pizza box has been sentenced to more than four years in prison in Scotland.
Twenty-three-year-old Hassan Fallah, who pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery this week at the High Court in Edinburgh, threatened a member of staff with a recon knife. After forcing them to let him into the casino, he then stole a five-figure sum of cash and casino chips
The armed robbery took place around 1am on Monday, August 9, 2021, at the Genting Casino Fountain Park in Edinburgh. Fallah, wearing a balaclava and wielding a knife favoured by US marines, forced the first employee to take him to the cash desk.
Once there he told another staff member to fill a bag with “all the f*****g money” and made off with £40,800 ($49,200) in stolen casino chips and £7,345 ($8,860) in cash.
Fallah then fled the scene but was later tracked down to a hostel at which he was staying. Police found a pizza box on which he had written his robbery plans:
“Here get changed -become place to anonymously be-hoodie-mask+face covering before-knife- bag change of clothes getaway plan.”
A police search found a notebook which had reminders to hide the stolen money and bury the chips, as well as not to spend too much in stores. His laptop browser history was found to contain searches for “casino anti-surveillance,” “casino rob” and “Genting Edinburgh”.
The stolen cash and chips have never been found, but Fallah pleaded guilty last week to two counts of armed robbery and was sentenced to more than four years in prison.
Fallah had only been out of prison for four months after serving a 13-month sentence for the assault and racial abuse of security staff, shoplifting, and possession of a knife.
Following the sentencing, Detective Inspector Keith Taylor said:
“It’s right that Fallah is behind bars for this disturbing and violent crime. I know his actions impacted directly on several members of staff who may not have been physically injured but were left extremely distressed by what had happened. Despite this, they greatly assisted our investigation and I would like to thank them for their help as I know this was challenging for them. I hope that knowing Fallah is behind bars will offer them some satisfaction as they move forward in their lives.”
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