Police investigate burglary of storage facility holding seized gambling machines


The location where 600 gambling machines were stored after being seized by law enforcement agencies Aug. 21 was broken into earlier this week, but none of the machines were taken.

According to a report from police, multiple items were taken from the undisclosed location, including six various model television sets that had been seized by Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies during the raids.

Major Lafayette Woods Jr., operations commander for the sheriff’s department, said the flat screen TVs had been mounted on the walls of some of the businesses that were allegedly running illegal gambling establishments, and due to a lack of communication had been stored in the same location as the gambling machines.

Police Lt. James Golden said in the report that multiple other items were missing and police were working to compile a complete list.

The burglary reportedly occurred sometime between 5 p.m. Aug. 22 and 1 p.m. Aug. 27, and police are unsure how entry was made into the building and how the suspects removed the items.