Palmdale man wanted in Vegas casino chip heist

This photo of Akingide Cole was taken with casino security cameras shortly before 6 a.m. on Oct. 10. Las Vegas police said the 31-year-old Palmdale man went into a restricted area of the Venetian Casino and snatched $1.6 million in high-denomination chips.

LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas detectives are looking for a 31-year-old Palmdale man accused of sneaking into a restricted area of a Las Vegas casino and stealing $1.6 million in high-denomination casino chips.

Akingide Cole is wanted on suspicion of burglary, grand larceny, and unlawful possession of burglary tools in connection with an incident that occurred on October 10, shortly after 6 a.m., at the Venetian Casino, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Tourist Crimes Unit.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Cole was able to gain access into a closed area of the casino from which he removed chips of various values.

A booking photo of Akingide Cole from a previous arrest.

There were no weapons involved in the crime, and no confrontation occurred between Cole and others during the incident, police said.

Cole is described as a light-skinned black male, approximately six feet tall and weighing about 225 pounds. He is further described as having short dark hair worn in a semi-mohawk style and a dark goatee.

Cole also has a large fibrous growth on his left earlobe. He was last seen wearing glasses, a black shirt with a green print tie, blue jeans and a grey jacket.

Anyone with any information about this crime or the whereabouts of Akingide Cole is asked to call the LVMPD Tourist Crimes Unit at 702-828-3204 or visit

It’s unlikely that the thief will be able to redeem the high-value chips, because licensees generally know who their customers are, a spokesman for the Nevada Gaming Control Board told the Associated Press.

  9 comments for “Palmdale man wanted in Vegas casino chip heist

  1. Kinsey Milhone
    October 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Methinks this guy is on the wrong end of the genius scale…and I would not be surprised if this guy never pops back up on the radar…the mob still does run Vegas.

  2. TBABY
    October 23, 2012 at 11:06 am

    “UUhh is anybody looking?” Yeah we are all looking stupid you are on camera!!!! These people just ruin my days.

  3. Newman
    October 23, 2012 at 8:32 am


  4. George Smith
    October 23, 2012 at 6:31 am

    If we had more massage parlors and houses of ill repute in the AV, these bastards wouldn’t get involved in such activities.

  5. George Smith
    October 23, 2012 at 6:29 am

    PALMDALE – Poor Ass Lightskinned Males Demonstrating Assinine Lifechoices Everyday.

  6. Andrew
    October 22, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Palmdale. The gift that keeps on giving.

  7. Tina Marie
    October 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I bet Nevada just LOVES the fact that we’re sharing our trash with them! lol

  8. Matt K.
    October 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    He never would’ve made it to Primm if the mob still ruled Vegas…

  9. Concered
    October 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    IDIOT!! Maybe he can be a celli with OJ!!

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