Posted: 22 Dec 2010 09:00 PM PST
Hi guys, Paul here. A thief stole $1.5 million in chips December 14, at 3:49 AM from the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas before escaping on a motorcycle parked outside. The only disguise worn was full motorcycle gear and a gun that was never fired.
The Las Vegas Police Department released CCTV images and video of the robber during the escape, running through the casino floor to escape on a motorcycle. The entire operation lasted less than 3 minutes and gained the thief $1.5 million in chips.
The robbery took place at a craps table where the thief pulled a gun, telling everyone to remain still as the casino chips were taken from the boxman’s bank. Police were alerted before the thief made it to the getaway motorcycle, but thanks to ATGATT the rider has not been caught.
The thief’s disguise has been described as black textile clothing, likely motorcycle gear, a full face motorcycle helmet with white stripes.
The getaway motorcycle was described only as a “black sport bike”, no other details have been released, and no chase was pursued.
“The suspect arrived on motorcycle… he then entered the casino and then went directly to a craps table… with a fire arm. He told everyone not to move and he took approximately $1.5 million worth of casino chips. The suspect then ran back out of the casino following his original route, jumped on his motorcycle and exited westbound on Flamingo at a high rate of speed.” Said Lieutenant Clint Nichols of the Las Vegas Police Department during a news conference where he described the thief as a white male adult, 5 feet, 10 inches and weighing about 220 pounds.
Casinos in Las Vegas have been burglarized ten times during 2010 and the police think the same thief robbed the Suncoast Poker Room for $20,000 in cash.
Speculation about the thief’s plan for the chips remains high, from redeeming them, to gambling them in the casino, or even selling them at a discount.
“At some point they have to be redeemed” says Gordon Absher, a MGM International spokesman, the parent company of the Bellagio.
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