On August 15, 2017, Daniel L. Rogers, age 29 of Rolla, was sentenced to serve 30 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for two robberies committed in January of this year, according to the Phelps County Prosecutor’s office.

According to a release issued by the office, Rogers had been charged with multiple armed robberies that occurred in Rolla. On January 28, 2017, Rogers robbed a hotel employee at gun point, and was able to steal $250.

The following day Rogers committed a second armed robbery, once again with the use of a gun. Rogers forced a local pizza delivery driver into a vacant apartment and stole $450 and an additional $60 worth of pizza along with the man’s vehicle.

Rolla police officers, along with the detective bureau discovered evidence linking Rogers to the robberies. According to Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney Brendon Fox, the stolen pizza boxes were found in an apartment occupied by Rogers, along with a handgun underneath the bed consistent with what was used during the robbery. A dark colored mask and clothing used in the robberies was discovered as well. The stolen cash was not recovered.

Rogers was arrested and has remained incarcerated since that time. Rogers pleaded guilty on August 15, 2017 to two counts of robbery and one count of kidnapping.

“This is an example of good police work paying off,” said Phelps County Senior Assistant Prosecutor Brad Neckermann. “We are extremely lucky to have an amazing group of detectives in our county. The fact that they were able to get this dangerous criminal off the streets so quickly is something we should all be very proud of.”

Neckermann added that he was given “a rock solid case,” which was why they were able to reach what he described as a “good result” with the prison sentence.

Brendon Fox said he was proud of the work put into the case.

“Fortunately we don’t have too many armed robberies in our county, and when we do, they become high priority cases for our office. I am thankful that Mr. Rogers won’t be able to harm anyone else in our community for a very long time.

According to Neckermann, Rogers will not be eligible for parole until at least 2018.