Judge denies less bail for accused Bellagio bandit

May 19, 2011 - 12:58 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge in Las Vegas has denied reduced bail for a man accused of robbing two Sin City casinos at gunpoint while disguised in a motorcycle helmet.

Clark County District Court Judge Michelle Leavitt on Thursday kept bail for 29-year-old Anthony Carleo set at $1 million on charges he stole $1.5 million in chips from the Bellagio resort in December. Carleo is also charged with robbing another Las Vegas casino of nearly $19,000 in cash five days earlier.

Carleo's lawyer William Terry argued that the bail was excessive.

He says charges in the second robbery filed last week are retaliation from prosecutors for Carleo formally seeking less bail.

Prosecutor Chris Owens denied that and says a third case against Carleo over drugs and firearms is coming.