A 28-year-old man is scheduled to appear in Las Vegas court today for allegedly stealing some $61,000 worth of casino chips. It took place at the Bellagio two months ago on the Strip.
The suspect, Clayton Bollier, was spotted at Mandalay Bay Casino on Monday for alleged trespassing. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officers were alerted.
He was apprehended by Metro police for the chip theft. His specific charges were not immediately available.
Authorities arrested him for a June 7 incident when he allegedly picked up a bag containing casino chips at the Bellagio casino floor. It was left on a slot machine.
He was seen in surveillance video taking the bag, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Bollier was in Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker tournament, he told LVMPD officers. It ran between May 31 and July 20.
Before his court appearance, he remained at the Clark County Detention Center on Thursday morning. Bail was set at $2,000. It could be adjusted in court proceedings.
Prior Chip Thief
Starting in May, LVMPD officers were on the prowl for another man who was suspected of repeatedly stealing casino chips from at least one local gaming venue. The thefts took place five times since last November.
Metro police released a video of the suspect, as well as a still photograph. It is unknown if he was ever arrested.
The person of interest in this crime was described as being a Black male, between 30 and 40 years old, about 6-foot-1 in height, and weighing some 185 pounds, police have told local media.
Police in May did not identify from which gaming properties the chips were stolen. They only said the thefts took place in the 2000 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard, which suggests it may be The Strat.
No word either on how much in chips were swiped in the repeated thefts.
This suspect had a similar pattern after walking onto the gaming floor. He grabbed the chips from a gaming table before fleeing the casino, KVVU, a local TV station, reported.
Earlier Chip Thefts
Nationwide and globally, chips have been stolen from a variety of locations.
In May 2021, for example, a reputed Las Vegas gang member was arrested for allegedly stealing a safe containing $750,000 in cash and $250,000 in poker chips from the home of pro poker player Chad Power.
The suspect, Brock Brewer, 32, and at least one other man allegedly followed Power from a Las Vegas casino to his Henderson, Nev. residence.
The duo returned on Feb. 10, 2021, when they allegedly broke into the residence through a back door when nobody was home. They stole the safe before fleeing via the front door, police said.
Power was playing poker at the Strip’s Aria Hotel & Casino when the break-in took place, police told KVVU.
Also, in 2019, Samuel Stovall, 31, was charged for allegedly stealing $16,000 worth of chips from the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore.
It was not immediately known how the charges against Stovall and Brewer were resolved in court.
Elsewhere, also in 2019, a Singapore judge sentenced Ding Zhipeng to about 10 months in prison and fined the ex-Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) dealer S$12,000 (US $8,856) for the theft of some S$77,000 (US $56,826) worth of chips.
He had worked as a dealer at RWS from July 2017 to about the time of his arrest. The series of thefts took place starting in May or June 2018, and were uncovered by authorities in November of 2018.
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