Bellagio Casino Eliminates 25K Chips After Heist.
After a daring robbery by a motorcycle helmeted bandit who escaped with approximately $1.5 million in chips, the Bellagio gave public notice that it is discontinuing use of chips valued at $25,000. The robber entered through a north entrance of the Bellagio, walked down a retail promenade of closed shops and through a nearly empty casino, then held up a craps game. He exited the building the same way he arrived. The whole event lasted just a few minutes.
Anyone who possesses one of the chips must cash it in by April 22. “The bottom line is that they’re not money,” tells David Salas, deputy enforcement chief for the Nevada Gaming Control Board to the Association Press.
Discontinuing certain denominations of chips is not unheard of in Vegas, but casino operators are required by law to serve public notice and give casino patrons enough time to cash in their chips.
The Bellagio heist was the 10th armed casino robbery last year in the Las Vegas Valley, according to the Metro Police. The Bellagio robbery suspect is still at large.
He is described as a white male standing 5’10″ to 6’0″ tall and weighing 220 pounds. The motorcycle is a 2009-2010 black sport bike and his helmet had stripes on it. He was carrying a handgun. Anyone with information is asked to call the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Robbery Section at (702) 828-3591 or Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.