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Indian River County Man Who Committed Three Armed Robberies In Six-Day Spree In Melbourne And Orlando Sentenced To 17 Years

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. today sentenced Bernard Rogers (35, Sebastian) to 17 years in federal prison for committing armed robbery on July 14, 18, and 20, 2022. The court also ordered Rogers to forfeit $3,218 in cash and the firearm and ammunition possessed by Rogers when he was arrested. Rogers had pleaded guilty on June 8, 2023.  

According to court documents, on Thursday, July 14, 2022, Rogers entered a Cracker Barrel in Melbourne and, after approaching the cashier with items to purchase, pointed a small black firearm at her and demanded money from the register. Rogers left the store with approximately $1,000 and fled from the scene in a vehicle that he had rented. On Monday, July 18, 2022, Rogers arrived at a Dollar General in Orlando, pointed a small handgun at the cashier, demanded all the money in the drawer, and told the cashier not to “try anything.” Rogers fled with $300 in his rental vehicle. On Wednesday, July 20, 2022, Rogers entered a T.D. Bank in Melbourne, showed his gun, and told the teller to empty his drawer and not do anything “stupid.” The teller gave Rogers more than $3,000, along with a concealed GPS tracker. Law enforcement located the tracker and after a short chase, Rogers was arrested in his rental getaway car with more than $3,000, the GPS tracker, and a black Ruger .380 firearm loaded with six bullets. License plate readers and other electronic information from Roger’s phone and rental car placed him at the scenes of all three robberies.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dana E. Hill.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated October 10, 2023

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