Bellagio Casino Robbed

USA Today reports that a robber stole $1.5 million worth of chips from a craps table in the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas early Tuesday morning. The police said that the man drove up to the casino on a black motorcycle, entered the casino, and walked about 500 feet to a nearby craps table. The man then revealed a gun and demanded the chips. He then escaped on the chopper. The police said that no patrons were injured, and they did not have to 'fork over' their own chips.

MSNBC reports that the man's robbery was captured on video surveillance cameras and the police are following promising leads trying to locate him. The police report that the robbery took less than 3 minutes. The police are also kept on watch for anyone trying to cash big-denomination chips, anything from $100 to $25,000.

MSNBC reports that David Schwartz the director of the Center for Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas said, "He had a gun. You just don't want that guy to fire that gun. Which is a worse headline? '$1.5 Million Stolen from Casino' or 'Patrons Killed in Casino Firefight'?"

USA Today reports the suspect is a white man. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 220 pounds. He is also the suspect of the Suncoast Casino robbery that took place last week.

MSNBC reports that experts and police say the robber may be in possession of worthless chips. Police Lt. Clinton Nichols said the chips aren't cash and they have no value until they are cashed in the Bellagio. Gordon Absher, the spokesman for Bellagio owner MGM International, would not say whether or not the casino's chips embed radio frequency devices inside the tokens.

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