Metro Police Officer Arrested in Connection with Rio Hotel & Casino Sportsbook Robbery

  • Responding officers identified Rogers as an off-duty officer of Las Vegas Metro Police
  • Rogers faces several charges including robbery with a deadly weapon
  • Sources indicate that Rogers may be responsible for two other Las Vegas robberies
  • The Las Vegas Police Protective Association will not represent Rogers
Rio casino Las Vegas
A Las Vegas police officer has been arrested in conjunction with a robbery at the Rio sportsbook and may have been involved in two other area robberies. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Armed robbery suspect in custody

Metro Police arrested Officer Caleb Rogers over the weekend in connection with a sportsbook robbery at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The robbery took place around 7am on Sunday; the casino’s security personnel detained the suspect on-site.  

Police commented on the arrest via Twitter:

Responding officers to the scene were able to identify Rogers as an off-duty police officer. Officials transported Rogers, age 33, to the Clark County Detention Center. Police charged him with burglary with a firearm, robbery with a deadly weapon, and assault with a deadly weapon.

Arrest might lead to more charges

The sportsbook robbery at the Rio might not be the first one for Rogers. Sources of the 8News Now I-Team say that police suspect he could be involved in two other robberies: one near the Aliante venue in early January and another at the Red Rock Casino Resort in November.

The January 6 robbery near Aliante Parkway saw a male individual rob a business at gunpoint and leave in a white four-door station wagon. The individual is white or Hispanic and of medium build.

In the Red Rock incident last year, a man 30-40 years old and 5’8” to 5’10” in height committed a robbery at the casino. The incident occurred just before 4am and the assailant left in a red or burnt orange small-size truck.

Police provided images from both crimes and ask the public to provide any information. Metro Police suspended Rogers without pay until the investigation concludes.

Las Vegas Police Protective Association responds

In response to the allegations against Rogers, the Las Vegas Police Protective Association (LVPPA) has released a statement. President of LVPPA, Steve Grammas, commented that he has not talked to Rogers about the incident. He said the police union will not represent him since the criminal activity took place while he was off duty.

if the allegations are true, the group is disappointed and disgusted by his actions

Grammas said that if the allegations are true, the group is disappointed and disgusted by his actions. The President went on to state: “This is not indicative of the excellent work and character that the men and women at LVMPD exemplify on a daily basis.”

The LVPPA wants officials to prosecute Rogers to the full extent of the law and possibly more if he is found guilty because is a police officer.

Cosmopolitan robbery in 2021

While robberies do not regularly occur in Las Vegas, they do happen on occasion. Just last year, the Cosmopolitan was subject to a casino cage robbery. An individual approached a teller demanding chips or he said he would blow up the casino.

The teller gave the robber the chips and hit the panic button while doing so. The suspect fled on foot from the casino, and police arrested him at the Waldorf Astoria. Officials identified the assailant as 51-year-old Robert Allison.