LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Anthony M. Carleo, the alleged Bellagio Biker Bandit, was charged with the Bellagio robbery of $1.5 million in chips in February. But Anthony M. Carleo today, son of Las Vegas Municipal Judge George Assad, was charged with the Suncoast Casino robbery. After months of investigations, prosecutors today charged Carleo with the 2010 robbery of the second hotel.
Last year, LALATE reported that prosecutors believed that the Bellagio robbery of December 14, 2010 was linked to the Suncoast Casino robbery on Thursday December 9, 2010. Just days before the Bellagio robbery, Carleo allegedly hit the Suncoast Hotel and Casino at 12:30 am.
The Suncoast at the time was hosting a poker tournament. Police claim Carleo drove up his motorcycle to the Suncoast, parked it near the valet station, walked into the casino, approached the cage handling the tournament’s chips, and got out with his loot.
In both robberies the suspect was wearing a silver motorcycle helmet and dark clothing. “He pulled a gun, told everyone not to move and took approximately $1.5 million worth of casino chips. The suspect then ran back out to the motorcycle and exited westbound on Flamingo Boulevard,” a Bellagio spokeswoman said in a news statement last year.
Judge Assad said in a news statement in February that “[our family is] devastated and heartbroken to see my son arrested under these circumstances.”
Carleo has yet to comment about today’s news. A January 2012 trial date has been set.