A man from California conspired with two other individuals to attempt to rob the Bellagio of $115,000 in casino chips late Saturday night, but their plan would not succeed.
According to the police report, 24-year-old Michael Belton was tackled by two casino employees and arrested before any damage could be done.
Belton told police that he had been brought in on the scheme by Carlos Rodriguez, a man he met in Vegas after answering a Craigslist ad about a job repossessing automobiles.
Rodriguez arranged for Belton to rob the Bellagio with a third person, identified only as “Carlos.”
After stealing the casino chips, Belton and “Carlos” were then supposed to pass them off to Rodriguez at a hotel room. Being somewhat of a “high roller,” he would then cash them in.
Belton and “Carlos” allegedly entered the Bellagio at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday night and made their way to a blackjack table, where Belton grabbed 23 $5,000 chips and “Carlos” sprayed a pepper-spray like chemical on a dealer and a patron.
Belton was grabbed by two floor supervisors, who wrestled him to the ground until he said, “I give up,” according to the official police report.
When questioned, Belton claimed to have participated in the scheme because he was unemployed and his grandparents were ill.
Michael Belton is currently being held at the Clark County Detention Center on $60,000 bail. He’s been charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and burglary.
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- 1 Held, 1 Sought In $115K Vegas Casino Chip Grab (lasvegas.cbslocal.com)
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- Police say duo botches Las Vegas casino heist (wtvm.com)