Sherwood police and Pulaski County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant on a convenience store off Kiehl Ave. yesterday and seized two pre-paid phone card machines that had been reconfigured to make them work like casino slot machines. The co-owners of the store and two employees were arrested. Ah, the wonders of the computer age.
Press release on the jump...
August 4, 2011
On August 4, 2011, at approximately 6:30 pm, Sherwood Police Department Detectives along with Investigators from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search and seizure warrant at 4209 E. Kiehl Ave. (Indianhead Phillips 66/City Mart).
The Sherwood Police Department Street Crimes Division had received several anonymous complaints about the establishment operating illegal gaming machines. During the course of the investigation, the detectives and investigators found the establishment to have two pre-paid phone card machines that were actually electronically outfitted to work as electronic gaming machines similar to slot machines found in casinos. Arkansas Statute 5-66-104 says it is unlawful for a person to set up, keep, or exhibit any gaming table or gambling device that is adapted, devised or designed for the purpose of playing any game of chance or at which any money or property may be won or lost.
The two co-owners and two employees were arrested and charged with Arkansas statute 5-66-103 “Gambling Houses”, a class D Felony. The two co-owners were also charged with Arkansas Statute 5-64-419 “Possession of a schedule VI narcotic) for the K2 like substance which was found and known to be sold by the establishment.
Officer Joshua Adams
Public Information Officer
Sherwood Police Department