Judge's Son Nabbed in Bellagio Casino Robbery

The son of a Las Vegas judge has been arrested in connection with a brazen $1.5 million robbery at the Bellagio casino in December.

Police charged Anthony Carleo, 29, with use of a deadly weapon, burglary with use of a deadly weapon and trafficking in a controlled substance, reports the Las Vegas Sun newspaper.

The drug trafficking count stemmed from the discovery of a large quantity of narcotics during the investigation into the robbery.

Officials say Carleo's dad is Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge George Assad.

The daytime heist on the Las Vegas Strip occurred on Dec. 14, when a man parked a motorcycle at the Bellagio casino's entrance and still wearing his helmet went up to a craps table, pulled a gun and made off with $1.5 million in casino chips.

A video clip released by police at the time showed a man running out of the casino on the Strip.

Security officers said at the time they did not stop the man out of concern for other Bellagio patrons should a shootout erupt.

Police say Carleo was arrested after he tried to sell high-value chips to undercover officers, reports the Las Vegas Journal-Review. The casino chips stolen in the robbery ranged in value from $100 to $25,000.

The Bellagio later said it would discontinue chips valued at $25,000 as of April 22.

Carleo was being held on $15,000 bail and was scheduled for a court appearance on Friday.

Photo, AP/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
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