LAS VEGAS — A recently-paroled bank robber got up to old tricks once again when he snapped off his monitoring bracelet, donned blackface makeup and stuck up a Vegas Strip casino.
Cameron James Kennedy, who is white, walked into the New York-New York Hotel and Casino with black makeup smeared on his face and handgun tucked in his waistband and made his way to the cashier’s cage, prosecutors said.
“I want all your hundreds, and don’t mess around,” he told the cashier before leaving the casino in a taxi with more than $23,000, according to a criminal complaint.
Despite his getup, the cashier told cops she did not Kennedy was really black because his skin tone was “off” and “blotchy.”
Kennedy, 26, had been released from a federal prison last June, after serving several years for a pair of bank robberies in 2012.
But in December, he was arrested for trying to pass off a check that had been altered to be payable for $3,000 instead of $300 at another Vegas casino. He was placed under house arrest for violating his parole and ordered to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.
But in January, he snapped the bracelet to allegedly rip off the New York-New York casino
After the robbery, Kennedy allegedly bought a gold bracelet for $1,500, money orders of more than $1,800 and a $1,000 prepaid debit card ito give to a pal, according to court records
A week later, authorities received a tip fingering Kennedy as the black-faced man who robbed the casino. He was arrested a week after that.
Kennedy is charged with one count of interference with commerce by robbery and faces up to 20 years in prison.