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How Did The Bellagio Bandit Get Caught?

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The man arrested in December’s casino chip heist at the Bellagio is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Monday.  Metro Police say 29-year-old Anthony Carleo was arrested Wednesday night after he allegedly tried to sell some of the chips to an undercover officers at the Strip resort.  Carleo remains held in the Clark County Detention Center on robbery, burglary and drug trafficking charges.  Carleo is also a suspect in the December 8th casino cage robbery at the Suncoast hotel but has not yet been charged in that case.  The “Review-Journal” says Carleo wrote about his Las Vegas gambling adventures on his now-removed Facebook page, discussing his dreams of going to medical school.  His last entry was December 3rd.  Carleo was a longtime resident of Pueblo, Colorado, where he had owned several businesses, and filed for bankruptcy in 2009.  He had reportedly been living at the home of his father, Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge George Assad.  The judge released a statement Thursday, saying he was, quote, “devastated and heartbroken to see my son arrested under these circumstances, as is the rest of his family.”

A Metro Police report sheds new light on how Anthony Carleo was caught just 50 days after he allegedly made off with one-point-five-million dollars in casino chips from the Bellagio hotel.  The report says Carleo told people he was the robber and told of his plan to a poker dealer at the hotel three days before the brazen December 14th heist, telling the dealer, quote, “all you need is a black mask and a motorcycle, and I have a motorcycle.”  The dealer went to authorities eight days after the robbery, leading to Wednesday’s arrest.  Carleo was actually staying at the Bellagio as a comped high roller who ended up losing more than 100-thousand dollars in chips police say was stolen in the robbery. An arrest report for the man accused of being the Bellagio bandit reveals a cover-up that was as ham-fisted as the crime itself. The document says Anthony Carleo admitted to the crime to a stranger he met online, bragged about a big gambling score to his school buddies in Colorado and returned to the Bellagio to cash out nearly $209,000 in chips — after losing $105,000 gambling.

Police also say Carleo was addicted to oxycontin and was selling the drug.  Metro Robbery Lieutenant Ray Steiber says about one-point-two-million dollars in chips and cash were recovered during Wednesday?s arrest.  Steiber also had a message for anyone thinking about robbing a Vegas casino: “You will be caught.”

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