Las Vegas Bellagio Robbery Ends With Dealer Pepper Sprayed By Thieves, 5 Other Famous Vegas Casino Robberies

on May 23 2012 11:00 AM
Bellagio Hotel and Casino
Another unsuccessful casino robbery took place at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The beginner's level heist went down on Saturday, May 19, when Michael Belton, 24, and an at-large accomplice named Carlos Rodriguez, attempted to get away with a stack of casino chips after shooting pepper-spray in to the dealers face. Wikipedia

Another unsuccessful casino robbery took place at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

The beginner's level heist went down on Saturday, May 19, when Michael Belton, 24, and an at-large accomplice named Carlos Rodriguez, attempted to get away with a stack of casino chips after shooting pepper-spray in to the dealers face.

Belton and Rodriguez were quickly tackled by two casino employees' moments after they attempted to grab the lute.

Fox 19 is reporting that the botched plan was originally supposed to have Belton stealing the chips as Carlos, would distract the dealer by spraying pepper-spray in his face. Belton was then to bring the chips to Carlos, the mastermind behind the scheme, who would then cash in the chips.

But while Belton managed to grab 23 $5000 chips, he was only able to make it a few steps away from the Blackjack table.

According to reports, The 24-year-old told police that he had met Carlos Rodriguez through Craigslist and had agreed to the heist because he was broke and unemployed.

Police said that a Carlos Rodriguez was checked into the Mandalay Bay hotel but police have not been able to track him down yet.

As it is well-known that the only men smart enough to pull off an elaborate and successful Vegas casio robbery are Danny Ocean and the rest of his gang, here are five other unsuccessful Las Vegas casino robbery's.

1. Bellagio Biker Bandit Robbery (2000)

In 2010, a man stole $1.5 million worth of casino chips from the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. An investigation eventually revealed that 29-year-old Anthony Carleo rode up to the casino entrance on a motorcycle, walked to a craps table, pulled a gun and demanded chips.

Days after making his fantastic getaway, Carleo attempted to sell the $25,000 pokers chips on an internet poker website, using a specific email address with the signature, Biker Bandit.

Metro Police eventually caught him seven weeks after the robbery at the Bellagio, where he was gambling and attempting to sell chips to undercover officers.

2. Circus Circus Armored Truck Robbery (1993)

In 1993 at the hotel and casino, Circus Circus, Heather Tallchief got away with nearly $2.95 million in an armored truck.

Tallchief, a former Loomis Armor Inc. driver, eventually came forward in 2005 and confessed to her involvement in the October 1993 theft, in which she drove away from the casino in an armored truck containing the millions.

She accepted full responsibility for her role, citing mounting guilt as her reason for coming clean. Her former boyfriend and alleged accomplice, Roberto Solis, remains at large.

3. Bellagio Body Armor Robbery (2000)

In 2000, Two men wearing body armor allegedly jumped over the cashier cage counter and stole about $160,000 in cash and casino chips from the Bellagio Hotel.

As they made their getaway, the suspects allegedly fired one shot at casino security guards who were chasing them.

Authorities arrested Oscar Sanchez Cisneros, then 23; Jose Manuel Vigoa, then 40; and Luis Suarez, then 35, in connection with the heist.

4. Stardust Sportsbook Robbery (1992)

In 1992, a sports book cashier from the Stardust Hotel and Casino simply walked out the door with an estimated $500,000 worth of cash and chips. The suspect, William John Brennan, has not been seen since.

5.Treasure Island Robbery (2000)

In 2000, at Treasure Island in Las Vegas, Reginald Johnson entered the casino approached the security guard and fired one shot at him while he walked toward the casino cashier. Johnson went on to fire towards the cashier before leaving empty-handed.

The botched heist left one security guard wounded and led to the arrest of Johnson. Police caught Johnson walking on Lake Mead Boulevard hours after the robbery attempt. Authorities already had been looking for Johnson and his brother, Donnell Johnson, who were considered suspects in a July 2000 robbery at Treasure Island.