Bellagio Robber Nets $1.5 Million In A Motorcycle Helmet

Bellagio Robber Nets $1.5 Million

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On Tuesday morning around 4 AM, an armed man walked into the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas . He approached the craps table wearing a motorcycle helmet, and scooped up cash from the table along with chips. A report issued by the Las Vegas police department and Bellagio staff estimated the amount stolen was $1.5 million in chips. The amount of cash taken was unknown.

A related incident on December 9th was reported, where a motorcycle helmeted man, armed, stole about $20,000 in chips at the Suncoast Casino poker room. In both robberies, the motorcycle was parked nearby the casino entrance, and the suspect was described as a white male of 5 feet 10 inches. Police have alerted the public with a 12 second video of the man leaving the Suncoast Casino.

Players at the Bellagio were reported to continue play during the robbery, and gamble without interruption. It’s possible people thought the man was an actor and they were disengaged extras in a movie being filmed.

Police have said that they are looking for anyone trying to cash a large amount of Bellagio chops.  A spokesperson for the Bellagio MGM Resorts International pointed out that chips are not the same thing as cash, and “At some point they have to be redeemed.”

Las Vegas police are enlisting the help of the public and have provided information for anyone with information of the robbery to call Crime Stoppers (702) 385-5555 to assist. While casino robberies are not uncommon, it’s interesting to note that with Hollywood portrayals of organized robberies such as Oceans 11, the simple hold-up is actually this effective. Players in casinos definitely took the incident in stride and didn’t let it distract them.

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