Gambling busts in Little Rock and Sherwood

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Authorities in two central Arkansas cities make gambling busts.

    "On Tuesday night, our narcotics officers went out with the Sherwood police department to the Citgo at 14310 Arch Street and executed a search warrant," says Lt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department.

    Four gambling machines were seized and three arrests made.

    "They look just like vending machines or just video games. Until you actually played it, you probably wouldn't know what it actually was," says Lt. Minden.

    Less than a month ago, owners of another convenience store, the Indian Head Phillips 66 in Sherwood, were also taken into custody.
    "They are fronts for like a prepaid phone card machine," says Officer Josh Adams with the Sherwood Police Department.

    He says the machines are easy money makers for store owners.

    "An outside vendor installs the machine and both parties get a cut of whatever the winnings are on the machine.If you win, you print out the little receipt and take up to the cash register at the front of the store and they pay you what you won," says Officer Adams.

    "If they pay you back cash, its illegal. If you get a prize it's not," says Lt. Minden.

    Both cases are still under investigation but authorities says the location of the machines is not a surprise.

    "They were both convenient stores and that is typically where we've been finding these," says Lt. Minden.

    Both departments have a stern warning for those store owners looking to make some quick cash with machines like these.

    "Keeping a gambling house or maintaining a gambling premise is a Class D felony so it's a pretty serious charge," says Lt. Minden.

    "If you have these machines, you're going to get arrested," says Officer Adams.

    And Craig, Lt. Minden tells me these machines were found at the front of the store in plain sight. Both departments received tips from the public that led to the busts.

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