Tony Carleo is widely known for walking into the Bellagio casino in 2010 wearing a motorcycle helmet and stealing $1.5M worth of chips off of a craps table. Tony pleaded guilty and did a nine year stint in Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center. Today he lives and works in Colorado as the operations manager of an established solar and roofing company where he oversees production, supplementing insurance claims, material ordering, and quality control on all projects. Tony is a new and very proud father of a beautiful baby girl born at the end of 2022. She already has him “wrapped around her finger.”
Why Would a Man Rob a Casino?
In this exclusive interview, Willy talks to Anthony Carleo (“the Bellagio Bandit”). Tony was a Las Vegas local who grew up knowing first hand the trappings of Las Vegas, gambling and everything that goes with it. One day back in 2010 he decided to try his hand at robbing casinos. Tony robbed the Suncoast Casino for $19K and then the Bellagio Casino for $1.5M. He acted alone. He was caught by the police. He pleaded guilty. Tony served 9 years in prison. So what led him to rob casinos? What made Tony think that he could get away with robbing a Las Vegas casino? What would he do differently if he could go back in time? Is there anything we can learn?