Blundering Bellagio Heist Foiled By Security
An attempted robbery at the Bellagio casino went awry last weekend when a man later identified as Michael Belton was apprehended by security after snatching $115,000 in casino chips from a high stakes blackjack table.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Belton, 24, and an accomplice only named as “Carlos” entered the casino wearing black wigs and sunglasses during the $25,000 buy-in WPT World Championships to attempt the ill-fated smash-and-grab.
The pair initially entered the blackjack area with cans of pepper spray at 10:45pm last Saturday and proceeded to snatch $115,000 worth of chips from the table, but according to witnesses as they attempted to leave, Belton was tackled to the ground by casino employees.
His accomplice did manage to escape the scene of the crime, but Belton was arrested on Sunday morning on three felony charges of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary, while local police will study CCTV footage of the incident and attempt to locate the whereabouts of “Carlos”.
The attempted robbery comes 18 months after the infamous “Biker Bandit” walked off with $1.5 million in Bellagio chips before escaping on a motorcycle, only to be arrested when he tried to sell the $25,000 “cranberry” chips on the 2+2 forums and was eventually caught by undercover police.