08/26/2014 10:15AM

Robber steals $100,000 from Hialeah money room


An unidentified man wearing a mask made off with an estimated $100,000 from the money room at Hialeah Park on Sunday after subduing an elderly employee of the track, local police said.

The man, who also was wearing gloves, confronted the employee in a hallway near the money room, gained access to the money room, and then struck and bound the employee before stuffing a bag full of cash, according to Carl Zogby, a spokesman for the Hialeah Police Department. Zogby said the department has no leads on the robbery because the only witness was the employee, who is in his mid-70s.

“He could only provide very limited information,” Zogby said. “The man was taller than him, so probably 5-foot-10, and he was sure it was a man. He couldn’t even provide race because the man was wearing gloves. All he could see was his eyes.”

Hialeah has estimated that the robber made off with $100,000 to $150,000, Zogby said. The track was not conducting live racing at the time but was open for simulcasting. Most racetracks keep large amounts of cash in their money rooms, which are typically the most secure areas of the facility.