Authorities initially said Saturday that at least three people entered the store and one of them fired gunshots.
But Vegas police and MGM Resorts International later said that there was no gunfire. The sound of glass breaking was misinterpreted, police said.
No one was injured, and a suspect was taken into custody.
Another initial report indicating an active shooter also proved to be false.
Parts of the casino property were closed for the investigation.
|Visitors watch the water show at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, 14 May 2005. (Hector Mata / AFP/Getty Images)|
Suspects in animal masks rob Bellagio store, send panicked guests fleeing
Las Vegas police are investigating a jewelry store robbery inside the Bellagio hotel-casino complex that sent frightened guests fleeing as masked suspects smashed glass windows with sledgehammers.
Police said three people wearing dress clothing — suits or tuxedoes — and animal masks smashed the windows, grabbed items from inside the store and fled.
“It is like a movie, it’s just crazy,” Las Vegas Metropolitan PD Lt. Carlos Hank told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
One witness posted to Twitter a picture of a person wearing what appeared to be a pig mask and peering around a corner while standing beneath a Rolex sign. The witness, Twitter user Kir_Kamil, said the person in the pig mask tried to flee but was detained.
The incident happened shortly before 3 a.m. local time.
Police did not specify in which store the incident occurred, only that it was a high-end retailer. The Bellagio is home to several high-end jewelry and watch stores, including Tiffany, Tesorini, Omega and Harry Winston.
Witnesses originally reported hearing gunshots but police say it appears that was the sound of the glass breaking.
"Initial reports indicated there was an active shooter, however that proved to be false," police said in a statement.
Police said three suspects fled the robbery into the nearby parking garage and tried to escape in a vehicle. When it wouldn't start, they tried to carjack someone else's car, and then tried to run away, the Las Vegas Sun reported.
The Bellagio is home to an iconic water fountain show set to music that draws thousands of visitors an hour, especially during the heat of the day as shoppers browse the marble-floored shopping gallery.
Bellagio officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Later on Saturday, police blocked the Las Vegas Strip after a suspect shot and killed one person and injured another on a two-story bus near the Cosmopolitan hotel.
Multiple suspects attempt burglary at Rolex store inside Bellagio
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — 11:50 A.M. UPDATE: LVMPD detectives have determined that no shots were fired. The suspects gained entry into the jewelry cases by using sledgehammers. It is believed that the sound of the hammers striking the jewelry cases caused people to believe that gunshots were being fired. The suspects had their faces concealed by masks and fled from the casino. Officers were able to take one person into custody and the investigation ongoing.
8:45 A.M. UPDATE: Metro says five to seven suspects were involved in the attempted burglary. They were dressed in tuxedos and had masks. One person has been detained, but it is unknown if he was involved. It is unknown if they stole any items. Metro continues to investigate, said Lt. Mark Lourenco.
One of three suspects was arrested early today after shots were fired during an attempted burglary at a Rolex store on the Strip.
Police said an attempted burglary was reported about 12:50 a.m. at an unspecified store at Bellagio Hotel & Casino. Video and pictures on social media show the suspects at the Rolex store.
Initial reports indicated an active shooter, a report that turned out to be false, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
A statement from MGM Resorts said:
"Bellagio would like to thank our guests and employees for their calm and responsible response to the overnight incident at our resort. We would also like to extend our appreciation to the men and women of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for their swift response and arrest of a suspect. "
There were no injuries.