ATLANTIC CITY — A fired casino security guard used his knowledge of when and where large sums of money would change hands to help plan and pull off a daring robbery that netted more than $180,000, authorities said Thursday.
New Jersey State Police said eight people were arrested in connection with the July 21 gunpoint robbery of Caesars Atlantic City. It touched off a three-state manhunt that ended with a Delaware state trooper being shot; a bulletproof vest saved his life.
Izyiah Plummer, 19, of Atlantic City, allegedly pointed a gun at casino employees as he and Aaron Evans, 24, of Pleasantville, grabbed two boxes of cash. They ran to a car driven by Nathaniel Greenlee, 21, of Bear, Del., with passenger Donovan Jackson, 20, of Wilmington, Del., authorities said.
Plummer was a security guard who had been fired two weeks earlier.
Authorities said the suspects appeared to know exactly what they were doing.
‘‘It seems they had intimate knowledge of what would take place,’’ said State Police Captain Christopher Leone. ‘‘They pulled up to a door on a side street not frequently used, and they had detailed knowledge where to look for the money.’’
Plummer and Evans were in and out of the casino within four minutes, Leone said.
Within hours, detectives came up with the name of at least one suspect, aided by a Caesars security guard, Leone added. The two suspects who grabbed the cash wore masks.
All told, authorities have recovered about $150,000 of the stolen cash or merchandise purchased with it, including $50,000 worth of marijuana, high-end jewelry, and clothing.
Detectives arrested Plummer at his home, along with two 19-year-olds from Pleasantville, Monique Kelly and Dwayne Morgan. They seized $43,000 in cash, .38-caliber rounds, and clothing allegedly worn during the crime.
On July 23, Evans and Lance Rogers, 20, of Atlantic City, were arrested. Detectives said Rogers got stolen currency from Plummer. Investigators obtained a search warrant for Evans’s residence and seized more cash and various items.
On Aug. 6, police from New Jersey and Delaware executed a search warrant at Nathaniel Greenlee’s residence in Delaware. When Delaware state troopers breached the front door, Nathaniel Greenlee’s father, John Greenlee, shot one of them, authorities said. He was arrested. The trooper was released from the hospital that day.
The same day, detectives discovered Nathaniel Greenlee was employed by a retail store in Concord Township, Pa. They found his car, believed to have been used in the crime, at the store and arrested him.
On Aug. 8, Donavon Jackson, 20, of Wilmington, Del., was arrested at home. Authorities said they found cash and property purchased with proceeds from the crime.
On Aug. 13, Myles Coleman, 23, of Atlantic City, surrendered in Atlantic City. According to detectives, Evans, Greenlee, and Jackson went to Coleman’s residence after the robbery.
Plummer, Evans, Jackson, and Morgan are being held on robbery, assault, and weapons charges. Greenlee is awaiting extradition from Pennsylvania on similar charges. The other three were released with a court date on stolen-property counts.