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Las Vegas police release image of gunman who robbed Bellagio

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A still from surveillance video shows a gunman who robbed the Bellagio Hotel and Casino on Tuesday in Las Vegas.
(Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department )

Las Vegas police on Wednesday released surveillance camera images of a gunman who robbed a cashier cage at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino the day before.

The gunman — described as white, in his 30s and about 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 — wore glasses, a black beanie cap, a blond wig and a mask that covered a portion of his face. The man went to a poker room cash cage on Tuesday afternoon, demanded money and ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no injuries.

Police said they recovered the vehicle used to make the escape, a silver 2011 Chevrolet sedan with Nevada license plate 37D147.

On Tuesday, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Capt. John Pelletier said another person accompanied the robber in the car, but Pelletier said it appeared the person was there “against his will.” He did not provide further details.

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The robbery occurred quietly, though it did catch the attention of casino patrons, including actor James Woods. He described the robber on Twitter:

“So we are playing poker at the @BellagioPoker and a guy walks up with a gun and robs the cage thirty feet from us ten minutes ago. Bellagio staff were fantastic. They surrendered the money quietly, so no customers would get hurt. Nobody even realized it was happening. Excellent staff, cool under pressure.”

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In 2010, the Bellagio was robbed by a man who became known as the “Biker Bandit.” The man, wearing a motorcycle helmet, stole $1.5 million in chips from the craps pit and fled on a motorcycle. Anthony Carleo was caught, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to several years in prison.

david.montero@latimes.com

Twitter: @davemontero

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