Former Las Vegas cop convicted of 3 casino robberies

Dressed in dark clothing and the mask that would become his signature, Mr. Rogers went straight to the casino’s cashier’s cage. He then demanded money, all the while keeping his hand in his pocket, prosecutors said, so the teller would believe he was hiding a weapon. She handed over about $73,810, most of which was in $20 and $100 bills, according to prosecutors. Mr. Rogers then left the resort, but security cameras caught an interesting detail: he dislocated his left leg as he walked and appeared to be unable to escape.

A few weeks later, in the early hours of January 6, 2022, Mr. Rogers arrived at the Aliante Casino & Hotel in North Las Vegas, according to prosecutors. This time he was driving a white Volkswagen hatchback, which he parked in a handicapped spot before walking to the cash register with his hand in his pocket, they said. The cashier handed over about $11,500. Security footage revealed the same unusual walk.

Credit…Las Vegas Police Department, via the Associated Press

The following month, Mr. Rogers made a third attempt — this time at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino near the Las Vegas Strip. Prosecutors said he entered the casino in the early morning hours of Feb. 27, 2022, demanding two employees hand over money they were loading into drawers in the sports betting area, then “climbed over the counter and grabbed one of the women by the shoulder with both hands and pushed her to the floor.” After another employee raised the alarm, Mr. Rogers began to run but was caught by security, according to the documents.

He then brandished a silver firearm, with his finger inside the trigger guard, and threatened to fire it, documents state. Mr. Rogers was eventually detained and taken into police custody, where he identified himself to officers using his police identification number, prosecutors said. A revolver, which Mr. Rogers partially covered with a yellow sticker, was also identified as belonging to the department. He also had a black bag with $78,898 in it.

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