The Las Vegas man suspected of a brazen heist at the Bellagio casino pleaded not guilty Thursday to seven felony charges.
Anthony M. Carleo, 29, is accused of entering the casino while wearing a full-face motorcycle helmet, approaching a craps table and then brandishing a weapon, according to police.
"He pulled a gun, told everyone not to move and took approximately $1.5 million worth of casino chips," police said in a statement following the Dec. 14 incident.
Carleo, whose father is a Las Vegas Municipal Court judge, could face decades in prison if convicted on the armed robbery, assault, burglary and weapon charges, the Associated Press reported.
A state court judge set a January 2012 trial date.
Before accepting Carleo's not guilty plea, Judge Michelle Leavitt disclosed that her brother is a craps dealer at the Bellagio. Neither Carleo's lawyer nor the prosecutor objected to having her handle the case.