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Armed Motorcycle Bandit Robs Las Vegas Casino of $2 Million in Chips


(AP/The Blaze) — Las Vegas police are looking for an armed casino bandit who escaped on a motorcycle with perhaps $2 million worth of gambling chips from the posh Bellagio hotel-casino.

"The suspect, wearing a full-face motorcycle helmet, entered the casino and went directly to a craps table. He pulled a gun, told everyone not to move and took approximately $1.5 million worth of casino chips," according to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department news release.

Police Lt. Clinton Nichols told The Associated Press the robbery happened quickly.  "In most events, we actively pursue those folks that commit those robberies and do a fairly decent job apprehending them, and hopefully this will hold true," Nichols told the Las Vegas Sun.

Police say the biker may also be responsible for similar robbery of a Las Vegas Suncoast Casino poker room cashier on Dec. 9.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, weighing about 220 pounds. He was wearing a white motorcycle helmet, black down jacket, black pants and black gloves.  The motorcycle is described as a 2009-2010 black sport bike.

After the 3 a.m. robbery, the suspect reportedly then sped away on Flamingo Road on a black sport-style motorcycle.

Detectives are reviewing video and camera images of the robbery that occurred just before 4 a.m. Tuesday at the Las Vegas Strip resort.

Fortunately, no shots were fired and no one was injured.

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