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Tipsters lead Hawaii County police to three gambling parlors

By Star-Advertiser staff


Hawaii County police raided alleged gambling operations at three Hilo locations crediting tipsters for their help.

Police said vice officers executed search warrants Friday at Tilt Amusement Center at 111 E. Puainako St., Da Little Game Shack at 165 E. Kawili St. and 777 Arcade at 500 Manono St.

The search warrants resulted from an undercover investigation and tips from the public, which helped corroborate suspected gambling activities, police said.

Police seized 33 suspected illegal gambling machines, suspected gambling records and large sums of cash.

They also arrested three employees, a 47-year-old Keaau man at Tilt Amusement, a 50-year-old Hilo man at 777 Arcade and a 39-year-old Pahoa man at Da Little Game Shack.

The three were later released pending further investigation.

“The Hawaii Police Department thanks the public for providing tips and information that assisted police with the disruption of these suspected illegal gambling operations,” Lt. Burt Shimabukuro of the Area I Vice Section.

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HD36 wrote:
We need to get government out of our lives when it comes to victimless crimes. Gambling, prostitution, and drugs will never be stopped. If people want to spend their money on these activities, then just regulate them.
on July 24,2012 | 06:18AM
allie wrote:
Let us legalize and tax gambling. Hawaii is LOADED with gambling, all illegal and has been for over 100 years. Cut the phony arguments and legalize it and tax it.
on July 24,2012 | 07:25AM
clintau wrote:
I agree. Legalizing gambling will free up police resources to go after the things that are REALLY hurting our communities like drugs, drunk drivers, rapists, child molestors, and thieves.
on July 24,2012 | 08:10AM
sloturle wrote:
legalize it
on July 24,2012 | 09:26AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Gambling and cockfighting are ingrained in the local populace. No amount of enforcement, threats, and outrage is ever going to eradicate these activities. Mo bettah the cops concentrate on drugs and violence that destroy so many lives.
on July 24,2012 | 09:34AM
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