Male Strippers in Vegas Bust Backstage Thief

He made mistake of trying to steal from 'Australia's Hottest Hunks'

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 20, 2014 1:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – A suspected burglar in Las Vegas took a beating after picking a very bad target—the backstage locker room of a group of male strippers billed as "Australia's Hottest Hunks." Police say members of the "Thunder Down Under" group confronted the suspect after spotting him with items from their locker room at the Excalibur Hotel, the Las Vegas Sun reports. The suspect fired a handgun once as he scuffled with the dancers, leaving one slightly injured by gunpowder residue.

The suspect, who is believed to have been high on meth, was taken to the hospital, where he was extremely violent with staff and had to be sedated, KVVU reports. He has been charged with attempted murder with a deadly weapon, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, and burglary with a deadly weapon. MGM Resorts, meanwhile, says the "Thunder Down Under" show remains on schedule.

The suspect identified himself to police as Michael Maharas but that identity has not been confirmed.
The suspect identified himself to police as Michael Maharas but that identity has not been confirmed.   (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
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