Caleb Rogers, a Las Vegas police officer, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on Tuesday after being found guilty of committing three casino robberies and stealing close to $165,000. One of these incidents involved Rogers brandishing a department-issued firearm, which significantly influenced his sentence.
The robberies began in November 2021. The most significant occurred when Rogers, reportedly under the influence of gambling addiction and financial pressures, recruited his younger brother, Josiah Rogers, to assist in robbing a cashier at the Red Rock Casino in Summerlin. The two had meticulously planned the robbery, even using encrypted messaging to discuss their strategy. Post-heist, they divided the spoils, amounting to $73,810. Josiah, who was granted immunity for his testimony, kept $30,000 and soon relocated to Columbus, Ohio.
In another incident in January 2022, Rogers was convicted of robbing the Aliante Casino Hotel Spa in North Las Vegas, where he made off with roughly $11,500. A few weeks later, he targeted the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino’s sportsbook, where he threatened a senior cashier and made away with $79,000. However, this act led to his arrest after he was swiftly tackled by security guards, losing both the money and a disguise wig in the process.
Throughout the trial, the prosecution painted Rogers as a man cornered by debts, which drove his criminal acts. While he admitted to his mistakes and sought redemption, his actions left a profound impact on victims. One security guard, traumatized by an altercation with Rogers, even changed professions.
The defense, led by Richard Pocker, emphasized Rogers’ service to the community before these events. They highlighted his roles in family ministry, assisting the homeless, and working as an emergency medical technician prior to joining the police force in 2015.
Judge Andrew Gordon acknowledged Rogers’ struggles but pointed out that Rogers had chosen robbery over seeking help. Rogers’ sentence was less than the maximum 22 years he could have received. Additionally, he was ordered to pay $85,310 in restitution to the affected casinos.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department stated that Rogers’ future with the department is pending an internal review.
While Rogers’ attorney announced plans to appeal the verdict, the outcome provided closure for some. As events unfolded in court, Rogers’ mother expressed her disappointment but assured that the family stood behind him.