Feb 7, 2011 5:16 PM by Greg Boyce

Former Puebloan appears in court in Bellagio heist

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The son of a judge made his first court appearance since his arrest in a dramatic heist that authorities say netted $1.5 million in casino chips from the Bellagio resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

Anthony Michael Carleo, 29, was not asked to enter a plea this morning to armed robbery, assault and burglary charges in the Dec. 14 heist. A judge scheduled another hearing for Feb. 23.

Carleo also uses the last name of his father, Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge George Assad.  He legally changed his name to Carleo in 2001.

Videos showed a motorcycle helmet-wearing robber waving a gun as he ran from the Bellagio.

Police say they can account for $1.2 million of the loot. They allege that Carleo gambled away hundreds of thousands of dollars and sold some high-value $25,000 chips since the robbery.



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