Disguised Man Robs Vegas Casino, Leaves In Taxi

02/24/2011 05:19 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - An armed man who arrived and left in a taxi, possibly wearing a fake mustache, stole up to $33,000 in poker chips from the Rio Hotel and Casino on Thursday, Las Vegas police and casino officials said.

It marked the second Las Vegas casino robbery in just over two months, following a $1.5 million heist at the Bellagio casino in December, by an armed man who escaped on a motorcycle.

In Thursday's robbery, a man wearing a fedora, sunglasses and perhaps a false mustache arrived at the Rio at about 4:30 a.m. and grabbed chips from a gaming table, said Gary Thompson, a spokesman for Caesars Entertainment Corp, which owns the Rio.

When a dealer resisted, the man produced a gun, fleeing the scene minutes later in the same taxi, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokesman Marcus Martin said.

Anthony Carleo, the 29-year-old son of a Las Vegas municipal court judge, was arrested earlier this month in the Bellagio robbery.

Carleo faces three counts of armed robbery, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of burglary and carrying a concealed weapon.

(Reporting by Timothy Pratt, Editing by Dan Whitcomb)

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