Vegas Casino Bandit Flees With $1.5M—in Chips

Bellagio heist might have been his second
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2010 6:55 PM CST
Surveillance video of the robbery at Suncoast casino last week. Police think the same man pulled the Bellagio heist.   (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

(Newser) – Not quite the panache of Ocean's Eleven, but not bad for one guy on a motorcycle, either: Las Vegas police are looking for an armed bandit who entered the Bellagio casino still wearing his helmet, took at least $1.5 million in chips from a craps table, then zipped back outside and escaped on his motorcycle, reports the Review-Journal. It took him 3 minutes, tops.

One drawback for him: Cops say it will be tricky to cash in all those chips, which ranged in value from $100 to $25,000, because of safeguards they wouldn't disclose. The same man apparently robbed the poker room of Suncoast casino last week in similar fashion, but got away with a much smaller haul of $20,000. It's the 10th casino robbery of the year, one more than last year, notes the R-J.

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