For burglars and robbers, a casino is the ultimate destination. With hundreds of thousands of dollars flowing in and out of them daily, the prospect of hitting it big is a real one. Well, that is exactly what Caleb Rogers, a member of the Las Vegas Metro Police thought when he committed an armed robbery on the Rio Hotel and Casino early Sunday morning.
Bad Cop, No Donut
Caleb Rogers, a member of the Vegas Metro Police who robbed the Rio early Sunday morning, will definitely not be rewarded with donuts. Rogers joined the Vegas police force almost seven years ago as a member of the Community Policing Division within the Bolden Area. Members of his own police force made the arrest Sunday morning.
Rogers is charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of burglary with a firearm, and two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon. The Rio is shockingly not unfamiliar with small-brains trying to rob them.
During last year’s World Series of Poker, serial robber Jeremy Francom was arrested outside of the venue which resulted in a lockdown of the parking lot outside of the Rio.
He was not arrested for crimes specifically within the Rio, but for a series of robberies committed on nine different commercial businesses in and around the Las Vegas area. Francom was working as a stringer for PokerGO at the WSOP and his arrest was made there.
Casino and gameroom robberies were a recurring theme in 2021. In Korea, a movie-like casino heist was employed where over $13 million went missing. In Texas, a small poker room robbery was thwarted by a gutsy security guard who suffered a bullet wound in his squabble with the gunman.
Las Vegas Locally, a Twitter account that deals with “interesting, strange and useful stuff from the Vegas valley,” called the robbery “crazy even by Vegas standards.”
This is crazy even by Vegas standards pic.twitter.com/Srdj6nEWwc
— Las Vegas Locally 🌴 (@LasVegasLocally) February 28, 2022
The Las Vegas Metro Police released a statement regarding Rogers’ arrest:
“On February 27, 2022 at approximately, 6:56 a.m., LVMPD dispatch received a report of a robbery at a casino in the 4100 block of South Valley View Boulevard. Security advised the call taker they had the suspect detained. Responding officers contacted security and identified the suspect as off-duty LVMPD officer Caleb Rogers, 33.”
Vegas Metro Police are investigating whether Rogers was involved with two previous robberies, one that occurred earlier this year at a business in North Vegas and another that happened at the Red Rock Casino Resort in November of 2021.
Steve Grammas, the president of Las Vegas Metro Police Department, was disappointed with Rogers’ antics when he talked to local news covering the situation.
“The LVPPA is aware of the arrest of officer Rogers,” Grammas said. “While everyone has a presumption of innocence until proven guilty, if these allegations are true, the LVPPA could not be more disappointed and disgusted by the actions of one rogue officer. This is not indicative of the excellent work and character that the men and women at LVMPD exemplify on a daily basis.” Since Rogers committed the crime while off-duty, he is not entitled to any assistance from the police union of which he is a part. “No police officer that is a member of the LVPPA is entitled to criminal representation when committing acts not in accordance with the course and scope of their duties,” Grammas said. “If these charges are proven to be true we, hope the criminal justice system accurately holds this person accountable.”
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