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FBI on scene of Rogers Photo Archive in North Little Rock

Agents also working at owner Rogers' home, authorities confirm

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published January 28, 2014 at 10:07 a.m. Updated January 28, 2014 at 10:53 a.m.

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An FBI official walks into one of the Rogers Photo Archive buildings in North Little Rock Tuesday.

Officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation are on the scene Tuesday morning at the Rogers Photo Archive in North Little Rock.

Kim Brunell, a special agent and spokesman for the FBI’s Little Rock field office, said agents were conducting "official business" at the photo archive, 2501 N. Poplar St., as well as 3700 Avondale Road in North Little Rock's Lakewood neighborhood. That home is listed as archive owner John Rogers' in assessor records.

Brunell said she could not comment on what was being investigated or whether any arrests had been made or were forthcoming.

"I can confirm that we have FBI agents present at two locations," she said. "They are present there conducting official business or operation."

Agents wearing FBI jackets were seen leaving and entering one building at the Poplar Street complex midmorning. A woman who identified herself as an FBI employee exited a separate building and asked a reporter to leave.

Blake Hendrix, an attorney representing Rogers, said the FBI was serving search warrants at Rogers' business and home, but it's unclear what they were looking for.

"We don't know what the lay of the land is at this point," Hendrix said.

He said Rogers has not been arrested or advised he would be charged with any crime.

Hendrix said agents are "gathering information based on suspicion" but it's unclear what that suspicion is or when more information will be divulged.

The photo archive is home to Rogers' collection of photographs, which it licenses. The business website says it is the largest privately owned collection of photographs in the world at 52 million images.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas said she did not have any information but would check into it.

Several vehicles were seen outside of Rogers' home, which sits along Lake No. 1 in North Little Rock's Lakewood neighborhood. It wasn't clear whether they were law enforcement vehicles.

A woman who pulled up to the house Tuesday morning identified herself as an archive employee and said authorities had asked employees to leave the business. She said she didn't know what was going on.

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dvc72120 says... January 28, 2014 at 10:58 a.m.

uuuummmmmmmmmm

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RoyDaMercer says... January 28, 2014 at 11:18 a.m.

With 52 million photos they could be searching for anything related to anyone; what does not sound good is the fact they are at his home.

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Molly44 says... January 28, 2014 at 11:41 a.m.

It was a year ago that two of his employees were arrested for ripping him off.

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dvc72120 says... January 28, 2014 at 12:05 p.m.

I told him not to be playing angry birds!!!!!

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mhck52 says... January 28, 2014 at 12:32 p.m.

He's probably a Republican.

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RoyDaMercer says... January 28, 2014 at 12:48 p.m.

mhck52 that is funny! Too bad it will fly over most people's head

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RoyDaMercer says... January 28, 2014 at 2:20 p.m.

More humor from RBBrittain; thanks for another laugh! RB is the kind that would believe the sun sets in the east if he heard it from a liberal while calling a conservative a liar for saying it set in the west!

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djigoo says... January 28, 2014 at 2:44 p.m.

Pearls before swine, RBB. The derp runs deep in Baggerland.

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MalamuteKid says... January 28, 2014 at 2:47 p.m.

This news article has absolutely nothing to do with the never ending, always boring, childlike Conservative vs Liberal "discussion" you guys are having. Why don't you all just get together and go check into a motel room and continue your circle jerk there in private.

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