LAS VEGAS – An accused accomplice in a heist that netted $33,000 worth of chips from a Las Vegas casino pleaded not guilty to robbery, burglary and conspiracy charges.
Attorney Louis Schneider entered the plea Tuesday in Las Vegas Justice Court on behalf of his client, 41-year-old Edward Land.
Land and 61-year-old taxi driver Hiroyuki Yamaguchi were arrested last week on suspicion of being in cahoots with the accused robber, 45-year-old Steven Gao. Police say Gao was the wig-wearing gunman who wielded a gun at the Rio hotel-casino on Thursday, swiped chips and fled in Yamaguchi’s taxi. Gao remains at large.
Judge Deborah Lippis set bail for Land at $100,000, with a March 15 court date. Yamaguchi entered no plea and told the judge he wasn’t sure he could afford a lawyer.
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