Bellagio Robber Sentenced To Prison

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This week a robbery suspect was sentenced to 11 years in prison after he stormed the Bellagio Casino and stole $1.5 million in chips last December.

Anthony Carleo was charged with felony armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in the robbery, which saw Carleo storm into the casino, wave a gun, grab the chips off of a craps table and then escape on his motorcycle. Carleo was caught after he had tried selling the chips on the internet. What he did not realize is that those chips became worthless the minute he walked out the door, as Bellagio security officials had implemented RFID chips inside of the gambling tokens. They deactivated the chips, making them worthless.

Carleo will serve a minimum of at least 3 years in prison, and was given credit for 202 days already served. He will also face sentencing on an earlier robbery at Suncoast Casino in Las Vegas.