A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer who allegedly robbed three casinos made his first look in federal court docket Friday, this in accordance with the U.S. Division of Justice. 33-year-old Caleb Rogers was arrested on February 27, accused of stealing round $164,000 in whole from the trio of areas.
In keeping with a grand jury indictment on March 22, Rogers is charged with “three counts of interference with commerce by theft and one rely of brandishing a firearm throughout and in relation to a criminal offense of violence.”
If discovered responsible, Rogers may spend the remainder of his life behind bars, as every of the theft prices has a most sentence of 20 years and the brandishing a firearm cost may deliver with it a life sentence.
Rogers’ first theft was on November 21, 2021 at a on line casino “within the western a part of Las Vegas” for roughly $73,810. On January 6, 2022, he hit a second on line casino in North Las Vegas for $11,500.
The third and most publicized theft was of the Rio sportsbook on February 27 of this yr. In keeping with the press launch from the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace for the District of Nevada, Rogers ran at two sportsbook workers, yelling, “Get away from the cash. I’ve bought a gun. I’ll shoot you!”
He then proceeded to climb over the cashier counter, shove an worker to the ground, and seize near $79,000 in money, which he put right into a bag. He ran when an worker tripped the alarm.
Rogers tried to make it to the parking storage, however a on line casino safety officer tackled him. At this level, it bought actually scary, as Rogers pulled out a gun, put his finger on the set off, and mentioned, “I’m going to shoot you!”
Happily, safety officers had been capable of subdue and disarm Rogers earlier than handing him over to the Las Vegas police. Whereas they might have discovered Rogers’ position as a police officer himself ultimately, the arresting officers ran the serial quantity on his firearm and came upon it belonged to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Division.
After Rogers was arrested in February, the president of the Las Vegas Police Protecting Affiliation (LVPPA) mentioned that the police union is not going to present authorized illustration to Rogers, as he dedicated the alleged crimes whereas off responsibility. The union president didn’t appear to wish to cowl for Rogers within the slightest, saying that if Rogers is discovered responsible of the crimes for which he’s accused, he needs to be prosecuted to the complete extent of the regulation. And being a police officer doesn’t soften the punishment the LVPPA president desires – it strengthens it.