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Federal trial begins for Metro officer accused of casino heists

Updated July 10, 2023 - 3:45 pm

A federal jury trial began Monday for a Las Vegas police officer accused of stealing more than $164,000 in three casinos heists.

Caleb Rogers, 35, was indicted by a federal grand jury in March 2022 on three counts of interference with commerce by robbery and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. He was accused of a series of casino robberies targeting the Rio, Red Rock Resort and the Aliante Hotel.

After more than six hours of jury selection on Monday, attorneys are expected to begin opening statements in Rogers’ trial on Tuesday morning. The trial is expected to last no more than five days.

Defense attorney Richard Pocker declined to comment on the case on Monday.

Rogers has been in custody since his arrest on Feb. 27, 2022, after authorities said he stole $78,898 in cash from the Rio using a Metropolitan Police Department-issued revolver.

He was first employed by Metro in 2015 and was assigned to the Bolden area command’s community policing division. He has been “relieved of duty without police powers,” a spokesperson for the police department said in an emailed statement on Monday.

During the robbery at the Rio, Rogers allegedly ran up to employees at the casino’s sportsbook and yelled, “Get away from the money. I’ve got a gun. I will shoot you!” the U.S. attorney’s office has said in a press release. He then climbed over a counter and shoved an employee to the ground before grabbing the cash, according to the release.

After heading toward the parking garage, Rogers pulled out a revolver and threatened to shoot a security guard before employees disarmed and restrained him, the release said.

Rogers is also accused of first robbing the Red Rock Resort of $73,810 on Nov. 12, 2021, and then the Aliante Hotel of $11,500 on Jan. 6, 2022, according to federal court records.

In the November 2021 robbery, Rogers was accused of arriving at the Red Rock Resort in a “pick-up truck-style vehicle” covered with what appeared to be trash bags, the FBI said. Surveillance footage of the robbery showed the suspect walking with a unique gait, as his “left leg kicked forward.”

During the Aliante Hotel robbery two months later, the robber arrived at the casino in a white Volkswagen, authorities said. The robber, who demanded money from a casino cage after acting like he had a handgun, also walked with “the same unique gait.” Authorities allege the robber’s walk was also captured on surveillance footage at the Rio.

Rogers could face up to 20 years in prison for each robbery charge, and life in prison for the count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, the U.S. attorney’s office has said.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter.

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