Hard Drives Not His To Take, Receiver Says About John Rogers

Hard Drives Not His To Take, Receiver Says About John Rogers
John Rogers outside his former business in North Little Rock (left) and leaving with three backup hard drives of images under his jacket after making a late night, “unlawful” visit on Aug. 22, 2015.

Perhaps you heard the security protocol recently was revamped at the Sports Cards Plus complex in North Little Rock.

The change in who has access and how they gain access followed an “unlawful” visit just before midnight on Saturday, Aug. 22, by alleged serial fraudster John Rogers, former owner of the business.

The first version attributed to Rogers on why he entered the locked facility was that he was retrieving medicine for one of his sons.

No, really.

We were told that he offered another version when he later spoke with a North Little Rock police detective by phone.

Rogers claims ownership of the three backup hard drives that he removed, which the court-appointed receiver says isn’t true.

Furthermore, Rogers doesn’t have any legal right to enter the property during the dead of night or any other time. That was pointed out by Michael McAfee, receiver of the Rogers photo and sports memorabilia assets.

Yes, Rogers knew the property was under the watchful eye of video surveillance because he had the system installed.

If you’ve seen the security footage that ArkansasBusiness.com posted of Rogers entering the building, you may have noticed that he was dropped off a block away by someone driving a car.

Would that make this after-hours visit a conspiracy and subject the other person to legal ramifications?

Perhaps. But we digress.

Our intended point about the car was the absence of another vehicle.

Where was the 2003 Yukon that Rogers once wheeled around town in while dodging process servers and cruising between watering holes?

We’re glad you asked.

The SUV is no longer in his possession.

As of Aug. 21, the vehicle became the property of First Arkansas Bank & Trust of Jacksonville.

The bank seized the Yukon as part of its collection efforts on a $15 million-plus judgment against Rogers.