Ex-casino guard committed armed robbery after he was fired

A former security guard at the Caesars Casino in Atlantic City has pleaded guilty to committing an armed robbery at the casino in 2014 after he was fired from his job.

Izyiah Plummer, 21, of Atlantic City, pleaded guilty yesterday afternoon to all of the charges against him contained in an Aug. 20, 2015 indictment, including first-degree armed robbery, conspiracy, aggravated assault and weapons offenses.

The state will recommend that Plummer be sentenced to 15 years in state prison, including nearly 13 years of parole ineligibility under the No Early Release Act.  Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury Jr. scheduled Plummer to be sentenced on Nov. 18.

Deputy Attorney General Kerry DiJoseph took the guilty plea for the Division of Criminal Justice Specialized Crimes Bureau-Casino Prosecutions Unit.

Two other defendants who were indicted with Plummer pleaded guilty in June.  Nathaniel Greenlee, 23, of Bear, Delaware, and Donavon Jackson, 22, of Wilmington, Delaware, each pleaded guilty to second-degree theft. Greenlee pleaded guilty on June 13, and Jackson, on June 17.

The state will recommend that each of those two men be sentenced to seven years in state prison.  A fourth defendant, Aaron Evans, 26, of Atlantic City, faces pending charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree conspiracy.

The men were charged in an investigation by the New Jersey State Police Casino Gaming Bureau and the Division of Criminal Justice Specialized Crimes Bureau-Casino Prosecutions Unit.  They were charged in connection with an armed robbery of a security guard and a second casino employee who were removing cash from a kiosk inside Caesars Casino on July 21, 2014.

“This guilty plea ensures that Plummer won’t be doing any other illegal inside jobs like this one for many years to come,” said Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino. “Plummer demonstrated with this brazen armed robbery that he’s a dangerous criminal who belongs behind bars.”

“We work closely with the New Jersey State Police to ensure that law and order prevail in Atlantic City’s casinos,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “Outlaw behavior like Plummer’s will be met with harsh punishment.”

“Many people have dreams of getting lucky and walking away from a casino with the big jackpot, but unfortunately Izyiah Plummer chose to rely on robbery and violence to make his come true,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.  “Thanks to some great work by the lead State Police detectives and our partners, Plummer won’t be planning heists in the near future.”

At about 6:18 a.m. on July 21, 2014, Plummer and allegedly Evans arrived at Caesars Casino in a car driven by Greenlee, with Jackson in the passenger seat.  Plummer and allegedly Evans entered the casino wearing masks and gloves and approached a security guard and another casino employee who were loading full cash boxes onto a trolley from a self-redemption terminal at a kiosk.

Plummer pointed a handgun at the two employees.  Plummer pointed the gun at the security guard’s head while Evans allegedly removed three cash boxes from the trolley.  As the two robbers were fleeing the casino, one of them dropped one of the cash boxes and left it behind.  Plummer and allegedly Evans escaped from the casino with two cash boxes containing approximately $181,200 and entered Greenlee’s vehicle.

Greenlee drove to Plummer’s apartment in the Venice Park section of Atlantic City. There proceeds of the robbery were divided among Plummer, Greenlee, Jackson, and allegedly Evans.  A search warrant was executed at Plummer’s apartment, where a black ski mask, bullets for a .38 special handgun and $43,900 in cash were found.  A search warrant also was executed at Evans’ home, where $4,300 in cash was seized.  Detectives found a handle from one of the cash boxes in the street in front of Evans’ home.  The charges against Evans are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The lead detectives on the case for the New Jersey State Police Casino Gaming Bureau were Detective Michael Nelson and Detective Sgt. Charles Vicente. The Atlantic City Police Department, Pleasantville Police Department, Delaware State Police and Pennsylvania State Police provided valuable assistance in the investigation.

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