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Updated: 10/22/2012 11:57 am
LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Tourist Crimes Unit is asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect in a high-denomination chip theft at the Venetian.

The preliminary investigation into this crime indicates the suspect was able to gain access into a closed area of the casino shortly after 6 a.m. on Oct. 10 when he removed the chips of various values. There were no weapons involved in this crime, and no confrontation occurred between the suspect and others during this incident.

The suspect has been identified as Akingide Cole, 31, of Palmdale, Calif. Cole is described as a light-skinned black male, about 6-feet and 225 pounds, with 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 gray jacket, black shirt with a green print tie and blue jeans.

Anyone who was in the area of the Venetian Hotel/Casino at the time of the incident who may have observed Cole, or anyone with any information about this crime or the whereabouts of Cole is asked to call the LVMPD Tourist Crimes Unit at (702) 828-3204, or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or at

-- From news release


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