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Suspect Bragged About Casino Heist; Gave $25K Chip to Salvation Army

Suspect Bragged About Casino Heist; Gave $25K Chip to Salvation Army

Anthony Carloe

USAToday.com

February 04, 2011

LAS VEGAS – The suspect in the $1.5 Bellagio heist brazenly acknolwedged his role in the robbery, including an email signed “Biker Bandit” in which he tried to sell some of the stolen $25,000 chips, according to an arrest report.

Anthony Carloe, 29, was staying at the hotel at the time of the robbery and spent several more weeks at the plush casino, losing a lot of money gambling, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Carleo, the son of a Las Vegas municipal court judge, was arrested Wednesday after allegedly meeting with undercover offers to try to sell some of the chip taken in the December heists.

The robbery, caught on surveillance cameras, shows a man in a motorcycle helmet running across the lobby. He later fled on a motorcycle.

The arrest report says one of the first chips surfaced after a Salvation Army bell-ringer tried to cash it in. He told police that a stranger had dropped it into his pocket.

Among some the details:

— The suspect had allegedly bragged to a casino dealer a few days before the heist saying it would be easy to rob the casino. When the dealer expressed skepticism, the suspect allegedly told him: “Oh no, it’s not that hard. All you need is a black mask and a motorcycle, and I have a motorcycle.”

— He exchanged emails online in a poker forum with a Virginia man in an effort to fence the $25,000 chips, which are called “cranberries” because of their distinctive color. He signed some emails as “Oceanspray25” and sent photos of a stolen chip on a piece of paper that was signed"Biker Bandit."

Police say they have recovered $900,000 from the heist.


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    SuzanneNGa

    over 3 years ago

    16562 Comments

    The most important this is that he's been caught!

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    djs2v

    over 3 years ago

    5628 Comments

    What an idiot!!

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16726 Comments

    In custody.......

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    50314 Comments

    Bump 36TR

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    philfroggy

    over 3 years ago

    1564 Comments

    I agree that casinos rob people, But I am glad that he was caught. This guy is a thief and a menace to society.

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    Baxter2

    over 3 years ago

    1846 Comments

    I'm glad he got caught. Like it or not, Casinos are legal businesses with a goal to make money for their owners and shareholders. This guy is a criminal and must be punished as such. No sympathy from me.

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    alexy

    over 3 years ago

    3970 Comments

    VEGAS......

    I don't condone robbery but the Bellagio robs thousands everyday with a false promise of riches.
    I am amazed this was not resolved with a nameless bunch of bones found in the desert years from now.

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    els98

    over 3 years ago

    474 Comments

    A son of a Judge too....... I here cops kids are the worse - I'll let ya know in a few years when my daughter is fully engulfed in her teenage years....if she's anything like I was......... i might be in for a fun ride.

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Not the brightest bulb in the pack.

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    Avacop310

    over 3 years ago

    476 Comments

    *facepalm*

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    wiseass0282

    over 3 years ago

    10984 Comments

    I'm surprized he didn't get grabbed when he was loosing the chips at the tables. What an idiot.

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    36TR

    over 3 years ago

    7614 Comments

    Sometimes, you just can't fix stupid!!

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