Slot machines seized from 98-cent mart

DOWNEY - Downey police confiscated five slot machines from a local 98-cent store last week and charged the store owner and an employee with illegal gambling.Members of the Downey Police Department's Special Enforcement Team seized the electronic slot machines and two "coin-push" machines containing more than $900 from the 98 Cents+ Mart at 13258 Woodruff Ave. on Sept. 8, after receiving an anonymous tip from the public, Lt. Ron Olson said. Investigators determined the machines were being used for gambling. California law prohibits the operation and/or possession of such machines, unless they are antique (more than 25 years old) and not operated for gambling purposes. The store owner and clerk were issued misdemeanor criminal citations. Each faces a fine up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail. Their arraignment is set for Dec. 9 at Downey Superior Court.

********** Published: September 16, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 22