SHERMAN OAKS—The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday, May 17, that the man coined the ‘Funeral Burglar’ for targeting homes when families attended funerals was charged in court. Rogers, 44, is facing two felony counts of first-degree residential burglary.
On March 7 and March 11, Rogers is charged with burglarizing homes on Greenfield Avenue in Los Angeles and Nagle Avenue in Sherman Oaks. Officials from the Los Angeles Police Department indicated that Rogers was staying at motels/hotels in the City of Orange and Huntington Beach before being caught.
On March 11, 2018, around 2:10 p.m., Rogers entered a home in the 4500 block of Nagle Avenue in the city of Los Angeles. He was first seen parking his vehicle in the victim’s driveway. He walked up to the residence front door, activating the doorbell camera. After receiving no response, Rogers walked around the north side of the residence and entered the back yard. He attempted to open rear doors with no success.
He walked to the north side garage door and kicked it open, where he entered the attached garage, activating the alarm. Rogers left the location without any property and drove away in his car. The victims were at a funeral at the time of the burglary. Rogers’ car is described as a white Mercedes 4 door with tinted windows, chrome rims, a sunroof and no front plate. On March 7, he was seen committing a residential burglary in West Los Angeles and the victim in that incident was also at a funeral at the time of the burglary.
If convicted as charged, Rogers faces a possible maximum sentence of more than 7 years in state prison. The LAPD Van Nuys Station is still investigating the case.