MPD: Guard helps rob Monroe bingo hall on Louisville Ave.
A Monroe man has been arrested after a bingo hall robbery that police suspect was an inside job.
According to court records, three armed suspects entered Chance Bingo in the 2100 block of Louisville Avenue just after midnight on June 7, 2019.
One of those suspects, identified as Edward D. Patrick, was arrested on Monday, Sept. 23.
According to Monroe police, there was video surveillance inside the business which recorded the robbery.
In court records for Patrick's arrest, Gary Thomas was identified as the security guard on duty at the time. Authorities say Thomas distracted the employee behind the counter with a plumbing issue so that she could not hit a panic button when the suspects entered the business.
After the suspects entered, the employee, who is described as elderly and disabled, was pistol-whipped and thrown to the ground by one of the suspects, according to police. The employee's hands and feet were also zip-tied. Police say three patrons inside the bingo hall were held at gunpoint in a separate room while two other suspects gathered cash.
Records state that Thomas did not appear to be overly concerned with the robbers, nor did they appear overly concerned with him. Police say that Thomas was also seen on video unlocking bingo machines for the suspects and was not zip-tied until just before the suspects left the building.
Police say the suspects also took cell phones belonging to other people inside the bingo hall but did not take Thomas' phone.
Thomas was questioned shortly after the robbery. Police say his statement was not consistent with video footage. A subsequent investigation revealed one of the suspects to be Edward D. Patrick, according to police. Police say Thomas had phone contact with Patrick multiple times in the minutes leading up to the robbery.
Patrick was arrested and booked on several charges, including armed robbery, aggravated battery, and criminal conspiracy.
A warrant was issued for Thomas' arrest.