Posted on: July 14, 2023, 02:00h.
Last updated on: July 14, 2023, 02:01h.
Caleb Rogers, the Las Vegas Metro Police officer on trial for armed robbery, orchestrated his initial casino heist alongside his younger brother, as revealed in federal court. This information was presented by Josiah Rogers, who testified against his brother for several hours on Thursday in exchange for immunity.
Josiah stated that he and Caleb meticulously planned the Red Rock Resort heist, which took place on November 12, 2021.
He assumed the role of the getaway driver, while Caleb acted as the robber. According to prosecutors, Caleb used his department-issued revolver to steal over $73K from the casino cage that day.
Rehearsed Escape Route
Josiah explained how they practiced the robbery, determining the most efficient escape route from the casino. To ensure Josiah could see while driving, the brothers purchased a gray cover for his pickup truck and cut holes in it for windows, as reported by the Associated Press.
On the day of the robbery, they arrived in the covered pickup and parked near a loading dock, as previously rehearsed. Caleb exited the vehicle through the passenger-side window and entered the casino. Within minutes, he returned with a bag of cash, according to Josiah’s testimony.
Josiah stated that their method of escape involved stopping on a secluded highway stretch, removing the cover before attracting attention. He also added that he and Caleb later displayed their earnings on the dining room table in their shared apartment.
Josiah told the jury that he received a cut of $30K. One week later, he returned to Columbus, Ohio, their hometown.
Prosecutors accuse Caleb of committing two more casino robberies shortly after, at the Aliante and the Rio in Las Vegas. At the Rio, security staff managed to apprehend him and disarm him outside the casino, resulting in his arrest. According to court documents, the three robberies led to a total haul of $165K.
In April 2022, Caleb entered a plea of not guilty to three counts of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a violent crime.
However, prosecutors argue that the modus operandi was consistent across all three crimes. The perpetrator wore a face mask, dark clothing, and black latex gloves each time. Additionally, court documents mention that he walked with a noticeable limp.
The jury began their deliberations on Thursday and continued through Friday.
If convicted of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a violent crime, Rogers faces a potential life sentence in prison. He is currently suspended without pay from LVMPD until the case’s resolution.