Undercover investigations led by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the seizure more than a dozen gaming machines and an undisclosed amount of cash Thursday night, as law enforcement officials served search warrants at two separate food stores in Sherman and Gordonville.
In an emailed news release distributed Friday morning, the GCSO said 13 gaming machines were confiscated from the Stop and Shop Supermarket off State Highway 56 in Sherman and the Sherwood Grocery store off U.S. Highway 377 in Gordonville. The release said the two locations were both found to be in violation of state gaming laws by paying players in cash, alcohol, lottery tickets, and even drug paraphernalia.
“We got a tip from someone that the machines were operating illegally and that’s where it all stemmed from,” Capt. Sarah Bigham said.
The GCSO captain said the machines accepted coins and cash, both of which were seized by investigators. It was unclear whether the devices accepted credit or debit cards. Bigham said the machines likely printed out tickets or coupons, which players could then take to the counter and exchange for the prohibited items. Investigators do not believe the two locations are owned or operated by the same individuals.or As of Friday afternoon, Bigham said no arrests had been made, but she said charges and arrests could follow as investigators compile additional evidence.
“What they’ll do is put all the information together and turn it over to the (Grayson County) District Attorney’s office,” Bigham said. “A lot of it is going to focus on who’s responsible for the operation of the machines and who needs to be held accountable. That’s something that will be decided later during the investigation and maybe by the DA’s office.”
Select gaming machines are legal in Texas, but Bigham said law enforcement officers do not have a registry of the devicess.
“If anybody in the public is out and notices this type of machine and you’re not able to tell if they’re being used correctly, I would encourage them contact the local law enforcement agency,” Bigham said. “They’ll be able to look into it.”