The Bellagio Got Robbed

A gunman wearing a motorcycle helmet and jacket robbed the Bellagio (Las Vegas) early Tuesday. Police stated he took about $1.5 to $2 million in chips.

Bellagio Robber

Around 3:50 a.m. on 14th December a man wearing a motorcycle helmet and armed with a handgun entered the Bellagio and went straight to the Craps table cashier, where he seized around $1.5 to $2 million in chips. He then escaped on his motorbike, riding towards Flamingo Road. The festive 10th heist in Las Vegas in 2010, the action was “a very quick, in-and-out type of job,” nobody got hurt.

The chips taken range from $100 to $25,000 in value, although authorities are now on red alert to spot high-denomination chips tried to be cashed. It would, however, take some skill to redeem them in any casino other than the Bellagio, as even MGM Resorts International sister casinos can cash them only with restrictions. In addition, $25,000 chips are seldom used and thus are bound to raise attention anyway. Meanwhile, it remains undisclosed if MGM Resorts casinos are among those building RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) transmitters into their chips, which can further harden the robber’s task.

Watch the short security footage released of the fleeing robber. 

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