Suspect in Bellagio Casino Heist Faces Judge
The son of a judge is accused of taking the chips and waving a gun as he fled from the casino
This police booking photo provided on Thursday Feb. 3, 2011 by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Anthony M. Carleo, 29, from Las Vegas who was being held on felony armed robbery and burglary charges. Police say the Las Vegas man is suspected of the brazen armed robbery of $1.5 million in casino chips from the posh Bellagio resort on the Las Vegas Strip on Dec. 14. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Carleo is the son of a Las Vegas Municipal Court judge. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Police Department)
Updated at 7:45 AM PDT on Monday, Feb 7, 2011
The man accused in an armed robbery that netted about $1.5 million in casino chips from the Bellagio is scheduled to appear in court Monday.
Anthony Michael Carleo, the 29-year-old son of a judge, is scheduled to make his first court appearance in connection with the Dec. 14 case. Carleo's hearing is before a Las Vegas justice of the peace on armed robbery and burglary charges.
Carleo also uses the last name of his father, Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge George Assad.
Videos showed the motorcycle helmet-wearing robber waving a gun as he ran from the Bellagio.
Police said they can account for $1.2 million of the loot. They allege that Carleo gambled away hundreds of thousands of dollars and sold some high-value $25,000 chips after the gunpoint robbery.
Published at 7:38 AM PDT on Feb 7, 2011
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