Law enforcement agencies serve warrants at local internet cafes

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By: Sophia Hernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News
May 23, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Thursday evening, six businesses all across the Tallahassee area were raided after multiple complaints about illegal gambling activity.

The investigations started back in April. At the Tallahassee North Arcade Amusement Center Thursday, two trailers full of machines, computers, monitors and thousands of dollars in cash were wheeled away.

Michael Bailey, a store owner in the same strip mall, shares his reaction when coming to work, "Well we were a little surprised because we assumed everything in there was legal, so when all the sheriffs showed up this morning it was kind of a shock."

Bailey says that after he moved into his store he noticed that something did not feel quite right a few doors down.

"We were going up and down the plaza and I said, 'Well what are all the TVs in there?' I thought it was some kind of online video game or arcade, I don't know, I guess it wasn't legal," he said.

The store was just one of six that was raided Thursday. Bailey says that the store was always populated with people and activity. The store would offer incentives like free drinks or food, and you could hear the shouts of people winning all throughout the plaza.

Bailey is shocked to know what went on.

"I assumed everyone going in there was normal folks, good regular citizens, so I assume they thought it was legal," he said.

Melina Myers mentions that the matching machines and odd hours that the business was open seemed a bit off.

"It just looked really sketch. So, kind of driving past this seeing all of this happen was a little bit of a realization that maybe something was going on there that wasn't supposed to be," she noted.

The store owner next door, Debbie Iehill, has known the owners of the Arcade Center and says this is not the first time they have been shut down. When asked what her reaction was, Iehill responded, "Nothing, no reaction, it's like the third time, so we are kind of used to it."

She hopes this time, it's gone for good.

"We'll just wait and see what happens, we'll give it a couple of weeks and we'll see if they're back," she said.

No arrests have been made as LCSO and TPD continue to investigate the evidence.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
May 23, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – The Tallahassee Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a joint operation at local internet cafes.

LCSO spokesman Dave Teems says officers and deputies are serving search warrants at six businesses after community complaints about illegal gambling.

Following consultation with the State Attorney's Office, probable cause was established for search warrants at the following locations:

  • 2764 West Tennessee Street Suite 3
  • 1350 Mahan Suite C-4
  • 1214 Capital Circle Southeast Suite A
  • 3839 North Monroe Street Suite 3
  • 1363 East Lafayette Street Suite C
  • 1889 North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

    Officials say while executing the search warrants, numerous gaming machines, TVs and thousands of dollars were recovered. No arrests have been made at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

    Officials say a patron of an internet cafe involved in Thursday's bust sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound during an armed robbery attempt. Another internet cafe was robbed at gunpoint, with the suspect discharging their firearm while in the building.

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