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Mystery Surrounds O.J. Simpson Robbery Incident

Sep 14, 2007 | 11:29am EDT

Mystery surrounds the latest O.J. Simpson controversy after the sports star-turned-actor was caught up in an alleged sports memorabilia robbery in Las Vegas on Thursday night. 

Simpson has been named a suspect in the hotel break-in and police confirm the victim, who has identified the Naked Gun star as a member of the gang that raided his suite, reported weapons were used.

The incident took place late on Thursday at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino. 

Simpson has insisted it was part of a "sting" operation to recover sports memorabilia that belonged to him.

In a press conference held in Las Vegas Friday afternoon, Capt. James Dillon, who heads up the city's Robbery & Homicide Bureau, revealed police responded to a call about "an armed robbery" at the hotel, adding, "The victim stated that one of the suspects involved in the robbery was O.J. Simpson."

Capt. Dillon confirmed that "the items that were taken were various sports-related products," adding police are still attempting to recover what was allegedly stolen.

He stated, "We did make early contact... with Mr. Simpson and Mr. Simpson is cooperating with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department during this investigation.

"He is not restricted in any form, he can leave (Las Vegas)... He is not in custody... No one has been charged... No one is in custody at this time."

Capt. Dillon also revealed that police officials are also on the hunt for "additional subjects that were with Mr. Simpson when they were involved with whatever interaction occurred with the victim."

Police are also reviewing surveillance videos and still images taken of the alleged crime.

Reports suggest Simpson was in Las Vegas to recover sports memorabilia after learning a group of collectors was planning to secretly sell the items without his permission.


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