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Man denies Bellagio heist in Las Vegas

Anthony Carleo at his evidence hearing on 8 April in Las Vegas
Image caption Mr Carleo, who denies the charges, allegedly wielded a gun while stealing handfuls of casino chips

A US man accused of stealing $1.5m (£950,000) in casino chips from the Bellagio resort in Las Vegas last December has pleaded not guilty.

Anthony Carleo, 29, who is the son of a Las Vegas judge, was arrested in February on armed robbery, assault, burglary and weapons charges.

Judge Michelle Leavitt, in the state of Nevada, set a trial date for 10 January 2012.

If found guilty, Mr Carleo could be sentenced to decades in prison.

Mr Carleo is accused of shovelling handfuls of high value chips into a pouch before leaving the casino on a motorcycle.

The robbery, carried out by a man in a motorcycle helmet, was captured on CCTV.

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