Bellagio Heist Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in Vegas

By Oskar Garcia and Olsen Ebright
|  Thursday, Apr 21, 2011  |  Updated 2:19 PM PDT
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Surveillance Images: Bellagio Heist

This booking photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Anthony Carleo, suspected of a brazen armed robbery of $1.5 million in casino chips from the Bellagio resort.

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Suspect Arrested in Bellagio Casino Heist

Police have arrested a 29-year-old Las Vegas man, saying he stole $1.5 million in casino chips from the Bellagio resort.
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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.

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