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Former Atlantis workers charged

Vadis Morrison (left) and Tarico Bethel are escorted from court yesterday afternoon with armed robbery and related charges in connection to the botched robbery at Atlantis on Sunday.

Two former Atlantis employees who were arrested after a raid of the luxury resort’s casino cage on Sunday made their initial appearance before a magistrate yesterday.

Vadis Morrison, 31, of Hunt Street, off Carmichael Road, and Tarico Bethel, 30, of Deveaux Street, were arraigned before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell on armed robbery and related charges.

Morrison and Bethel are accused of robbing Sharon Thompson of $106,260.10, the property of Atlantis, while armed with pepper spray.

Police arrested five men following the incident (three on Sunday and two on Monday), but they released three yesterday without charge.

Morrison and Bethel looked well kempt, despite being in police custody since Sunday.

According to police, the incident occurred at the casino’s main cashier’s cage in the basement at Coral Towers around noon on Sunday.

The culprits released pepper spray into the air, causing workers to experience respiratory distress, police said.

Police said they recovered the stolen cash in the resort’s ceiling.

In addition to the armed robbery charge, the men face a charge of shop breaking, 15 counts of garroting and 15 counts of causing harm with aggravation.

The men were not required to enter a plea to the charges.

They face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment if convicted. (Nassau Guardian)

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