Accused of robbing three casinos and stealing approximately $164,000 in total, a Las Vegas police officer was recently indicted in federal court on three counts of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
On November 12, 2021, off-duty Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officer Caleb Rogers allegedly robbed the Red Rock Casino Resort of approximately $73,810. According to the indictment, he robbed the Aliante Casino in North Las Vegas of approximately $11,500 on January 6, 2022.
On February 27, 2022, Rogers reportedly ran toward two casino employees in the sportsbook area at the Rio Hotel and Casino while yelling: “Get away from the money. I’ve got a gun. I will shoot you!”
After climbing over the counter and shoving one of the employees to the floor, Rogers allegedly stole approximately $78,898. When the employees triggered the alarm, Rogers fled toward the parking garage.
Rogers drew a .357 caliber revolver with his finger on the trigger after a security guard tackled him. Rogers threatened: “I’m going to shoot you!”
Instead, security guards were able to disarm Rogers and detain him until LVMPD officers arrived to arrest him. According to the revolver’s serial number, the gun officially belonged to the LVMPD.
Rogers was initially charged with burglary with a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, and two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon. He was also suspended without pay.
On Monday, the Justice Department announced that Rogers has been charged with three counts of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. U.S. Magistrate Judge Brenda Weksler scheduled a jury trial for May 23, 2022.
The statutory maximum penalty is 20 years in prison for each count of interference with commerce by robbery, and life imprisonment for brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.