Bellagio Heist Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in Vegas - NBC 7 San Diego

Bellagio Heist Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in Vegas



    Bellagio Heist Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in Vegas
    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.

    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.