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Photo archivist-dealer arrested, charged with burglary, theft

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — John Rogers, who scoured newspaper morgues to amass a large sports photography collection, was arrested and charged Dec. 3 with burglary and theft of property.

North Little Rock police reported that Rogers was caught on camera entering a building he once owned as Sports Cards Plus and took three 5-terabyte computer hard drives. Under a lease agreement, Rogers was prohibited from entering the building without permission of Michael McAfee, an individual legally designated to control the property under a divorce settlement. The hard drives alone contain more than a million scanned photographs.

The property and contents have been held in receivership, stemming from a divorce settlement between Rogers and his ex-wife, Angelica. The assets are held for the purpose of recovering more than $19 million to pay creditors.

In January 2014, Red Alert Media Matrix of Atlanta had offered to pay $59 million for assets of four businesses owned by Rogers, including Rogers Photo Archive, Planet Giant, Digital Stock Planet and John Rogers Partners. That offer was withdrawn.

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