Police say Vegas heist suspect erred
LAS VEGAS — A tipster told police the suspect in a $1.5 million robbery at a Bellagio craps table had mused about pulling off the dramatic stickup and said he would get away with it by selling some chips and slowly gambling away the others, according to a police report.
Instead, the son of a judge gambled quickly and talked his way into jail, the report states.
Anthony M. Carleo, 29, made his first court appearance yesterday since being taken into custody. He spoke only twice and was not asked to enter pleas on six charges, including armed robbery, assault, burglary, and carrying a concealed weapon.
Carleo, shackled and dressed in a blue jail uniform, also said he preferred to use the last name Carleo instead of the last name of his father, Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge George Assad.
Carleo’s lawyer, William Terry, declined to comment after the hearing. Another hearing was scheduled for Feb. 23.
Surveillance video from the Dec. 14 heist shows a motorcycle helmet-wearing robber waving a gun as he ran from the Bellagio with $1.5 million in chips.
An unidentified person later contacted police and said Carleo had speculated that he could offload individual chips valued at $25,000 and gamble the rest at about $5,000 a month, according to the arrest report.
Bellagio records show Carleo lost about $105,000 during 18 sessions in just over a month, including $72,000 on New Year’s Eve. About $1.2 million of the loot has been accounted for, police said.