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Hearing set for alleged Bellagio ‘Biker Bandit’

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Anthony M. Carleo waits for court to begin Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, in Las Vegas. Carleo made his first court appearance since his arrest in a dramatic heist that authorities say netted $1.5 million in casino chips from the Bellagio on the Strip. The 29-year-old was not asked to enter a plea Monday to armed robbery, assault and burglary charges in the Dec. 14 heist. A judge scheduled another hearing for Feb. 23.

Updated Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 | 11:27 a.m.

Carleo Court Appearance

Anthony M. Carleo, left, talks with his attorney William Terry before the start of court, Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 in Las Vegas. Carleo made his first court appearance since his arrest in a dramatic heist that authorities say netted $1.5 million in casino chips from the Bellagio resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The twenty-nine-year-old was not asked to enter a plea Monday to armed robbery, assault and burglary charges in the Dec. 14 heist. A judge scheduled another hearing for Feb. 23.  Launch slideshow »

A preliminary hearing has been set for later this month in Las Vegas Justice Court for Anthony M. Carleo, the alleged “Biker Bandit” accused in a heist at the Bellagio.

Carleo, the 29-year-old son of Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge George Assad, wore a blue jail uniform as he made a short appearance today before Judge Ann Zimmerman. Carleo is charged with taking $1.5 million in casino chips from the Bellagio on Dec. 14, 2010.

At today's hearing, Bill Terry, Carleo's attorney, asked that the preliminary hearing be delayed for 15 days. Assistant District Attorney Chris Owens told the judge he had no problem with that.

Zimmerman set the hearing for 9:30 a.m. Feb. 23.

After the hearing, both Terry and Owens declined to talk about the case.

Carleo is being held without bail on the robbery with a deadly weapon charge and on $15,000 bail on a charge of burglary with the use of a deadly weapon.

Carleo was arrested on Wednesday at the resort after he was caught allegedly trying to sell $25,000 in stolen chips to an undercover Metro detective. Police recovered $900,000 worth of chips and have accounted for another $300,000 in chips.

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  1. Who else can commit an ARMED ROBBERY and take 1.5 Million and get out on bail in the good ole' boys town? If you said the children of judges and the wealthy and influential, you are correct. Tell em' what they've won Bob!

  2. His step uncle just pasted away last month in Pueblo, home of the "Mountain Mafia."

    The makers of Oxycontin had their day in court, but the damage continues.

    http://www.salem-news.com/articles/augus...

    I hope gaming control investigates why someone can talk to a dealer about taking chips and not be kicked out the casino.

    This case doesn't even merit much more than a year in the County. The guy was a victim of a casino, a doctor and a drug company in my opinion.

  3. Tina, I don't agree with special treatment. If your the child of a judge, or another prominent person, that doesn't mean you shouldn't get bail. He wasn't granted bail, I think he should at least have a chance to bail himself out. However, making the transition from the County Jail to prison will be easier than going from sentencing to prison.

  4. Given the amount of Oxy this guy was strung out on he was,for all intents and purposes, a junkie.He may be relieved that this is over-that he was caught-and although he's probably looking at 15 years in prison, he'll be a fairly young man when he gets paroled,and I'm hoping he can turn things around when he gets out.