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Police Raid 10 Internet Gambling Parlors Across Baltimore County

Warrants have been executed against Internet cafes in Baltimore County.

UPDATE (1 p.m.)—Baltimore County police raided ten Internet cafes on Wednesday where they believe illegal gambling took place, police announced in a release.

According to the release, detectives conducted a year-long investigation and found that the businesses were illegally using electronic gaming devices. Equipment was seized during the raid, starting at around 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The 10 locations, by police precinct, include: 

Precinct 2/Woodlawn

  • Spin and Win, 8500 block of Liberty Road, 21133, Randallstown
  • Click N Spin Computer Club, 1800 block of Woodlawn Drive, 21207, Gwynn Oak
  • Wireless Cafe II, 5200 block of Baltimore National Pike, 21229, Edmondson

Precinct 6/Towson

  • Hot Spot Sweepstakes, 1300 block of Goucher Boulevard, 21286, Towson

Precinct 9/White Marsh

  • Fun Spot Cafe, 4100 block of East Joppa Road, 21236, Perry Hall
  • Hidden Treasures, 9500 block of Philadelphia Road, 21237, Rosedale
  • Big Dawgs Calling Cards, 6200 block of Kenwood Avenue, 21237, Rosedale

Precinct 11/Essex

  • Wheel of Fortune Phone Card Center, 100 block of Carroll Island Road, 21220, Middle River
  • 88 Sweepstakes, 100 block of Beacon Road, 21220, Middle River

Precinct 12/North Point

  • North Point Internet Café, 2700 block of North Point Road, 21224, North Point

"At the direction of Police Chief James Johnson, detectives conducted a year-long investigation of these internet cafes. They established that the businesses were using electronic gaming devices in an illegal manner. Detectives were able to use computer terminals to play electronic games and receive a monetary payout for points accumulated during the games," the release showed.

No arrests have yet been made in connection with the investigation, police stated.

The sweepstakes parlors, or Internet cafes, typically sell computer time and a chance to win a sweepstakes drawing, and also provide access to video poker, slots and other forms of online gambling.

John Cox, deputy director of the Baltimore County State's Attorney's office, first confirmed that search warrants had been issued.

Check back with Patch as this story develops.

Editor Emily Kimball contributed to this report.

ALEXISH October 27, 2012 at 01:41 AM
AND WHAT ABOUT BINGO???? you get paid to play, they are in most communities, they are opened late hours with ore without security. At least at the Cafe's you meet really nice people, who are out for enjoyment, there is no alcohol served but they feed you good food on the weekends, you listen to great old school music, and it's relaxing, I guess you prefer going to the Bar getting drunk and going home and harassing and abusing their families or risk getting a D.U.I or worse kill someone. The Cafe's deserve a little more respect, those that live in glass houses should not throw stones. Those that spend their money on the lottery may have invested for years with little to show for it, (sometimes nothing) at least when you go to the cafe's you also have a chance to win prizes just like BINGO and for the same reason people play BINGO is the reason amusement is found right in their own neighborhoods where they pay their Taxes. To Baltimore County, you did your job, but the people that are most affected are our Seniors. I have not heard any reports of any killing, stabbing or robbery at any of these cafe's...so what prompt you to do this? WHAT
Amari October 27, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I honestly did not know it was illegal in anyway. So, I have a proble With being apart of an illegal action.
joe johnson October 27, 2012 at 07:39 PM
your a asshole david
ANNABEL WHITE October 28, 2012 at 02:03 AM
I DONT SEE THAT THEY WERE ILLEGAL I WAS TOLD THE OWNER FROM OLD PHILADELPHIA INN STARTED THIS MESS COMPLAINING AND TELLING LIES. JUST LIKE LOTTERY YOU PLAY TO WIN OR LOSE SAME THING WITH CASINOS AND THE INTERNET CAFES WEE THE SAME THESE PLACES HAD LICENSE BUT OF COURSE THEY DONT WANT NONE OF THESE CAFES IN THE COMMUNITY. AS I QUOTE EARLIER THE MANAGER FROM OLD PHILADEPHIA INN STARTED THIS MESS AND THE LIQUOR STORE NEXT TO HIDDEN TREASURES EVERYONE WAS MAKING MONEY SO WHY HATE ON THE NEXT PERSON SO SAD SO SAD. NOW THESE CAFES HAS LOSE EVERYTHING THEY HAD IN THE STORE BUT YOU BEST TO BELIEVE HE WILL FIGHT TO GET HIS BUSINESS BACK OPEN AND HIS CUSTOMERS WILL STAND BY HIM 100%
MONIQUE GREEN October 28, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I AGREE ANNABEL I JUST WISH THEY WOULD HAVE LEFT THEM ALONE THE PEOPLE THERE WERE FRIENDLY I PLAYED THERE ALL THE TIME AND I FEEL AS THOUGH IF THESE PLACES WERE ILLEGAL WHY THEY WAIT TILL A YEAR TO SHUT THEM DOWN OR WHY DID THEY GIVE THEM A LICENSE TO BEGIN WITH IT JUST DOESNT MAKE ANY SENSE TO ME IM CURIOUS PLAYING IN THESE PLACES WERE JUST LIKE PLAYING THE MD LOTTERY AND GOING TO OTHER CASINOS, IT ONLY TOOK 1 VOICE TO SHUT THEM DOWN ITS SAD THAT THESE STORE OWNERS HAD TO COMPLAIN. I THINK IF THEY CONTINUE TO KEEP THESE PLACES CLOSE ATLEAST HAVE HIDDEN TREASURES OPEN THEY WERE ADVERTISING IN THE PAPER ON THE RADIO AND EVERYTHING THESE PEOPLE THAT WORK HERE IS LIKE FAMILY AND FOR THEM TO SHUT THEM DOWN WITH NO NOTIFICATION WAS WRONG I THINK THEY NEED TO SHUT DOWN ALL GAMBLING THEN CAUSE EVERYBODY THAT GAMBLES EITHER WINS OR LOSE.

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