The Logan County Sheriff’s department confiscated nearly 20 machines from five Guthrie convenience stores that were involved in an illegal gambling operation.
The department has been investigating the gambling operation for six months. On Monday afternoon each of the six convenience store were closed down for a time while the machines were removed.
Deputies could be seen moving the machines out of the stores into a Uhaul truck.
Chief Deputy Rob Groseclose told Guthrie News Page that customers would go inside and gamble, get a ticket or coupon and go to the cash register to receive their cash out. The convenience store would generally pay out with store funds.
“Believe me it is gambling. They were making money every week.” Groseclose said. “There were different ways they (stores) were paying out, either from the cash box, register or from the safe.”
The Deputy said the stores and owners of the machines generally split the profits.
Groseclose went on to say some of the store owners did not even know the last name of the machine’s owner.
There were no arrest during the operation, but are expected in the near future.
“Today is about equipment and money. We will follow-up with arrests. I’m sure they will follow,” Groseclose said.