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Bellagio Bandit Charged In Suncoast Stickup

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The 29-year-old man accused in the armed heist of $1.5 million in casino chips from the posh Bellagio resort has been charged in an earlier casino robbery that netted nearly $19,000 in cash.

Las Vegas police said Anthony Carleo was re-booked Thursday on suspicion of robbing the Suncoast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Dec. 9.

An arrest report says the Suncoast burglar’s profile, disguise, methods and equipment all resemble the Bellagio heist five days later.

Carleo’s lawyer William Terry didn’t immediately respond to a call seeking comment from The Associated Press.

Police say in the arrest report that Carleo searched for “tips for robbing someone” on his computer three days before the heist, and used his cellphone near the Suncoast before and after the robbery.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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