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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.

kacey October 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Hm, I wonder what tipped off the police... oh maybe it was the names like •Spin and Win •Hot Spot Sweepstakes •Hidden Treasures •Wheel of Fortune Phone Card Center •88 Sweepstakes Duh.
Jill Dudley Cohen October 25, 2012 at 12:05 PM
That was a good one! Let us not forget the other biggie, the Maryland Lottery.
Bruce Goldfarb (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 12:07 PM
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Jill Dudley Cohen October 25, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Absolutely...and why are we still allowing large sodas?
M. Sullivan October 25, 2012 at 01:17 PM
WHAT?
Christopher Kidwell October 25, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Why did they even bother with this? It's just past time to make gambling legal period and move on. No 'special places for casinos' or anything else. Just make it legal and move on. If you are worried about people not paying taxes on winnings, then you should also worry about people working 'under the table'. It's just as impossible to regulate and stop.
M. Sullivan October 25, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Evets, the law may have changed since then, but, some years ago, I was driving up Padonia Rd. and someone was nice enough to flash their lights warning me of an impending speed revenue trap. Soon after, I saw a trap on the other side of the road and flashed my lights to warn those drivers. When I reached the trap on my side, one of Balto. Co's. Finest pulled me over and read me the riot act, telling me that flashing my lights was illegal and that if he caught me again he would throw the book at me. I called the Cockeysville Precinct and asked if the purpose of their speed traps was to slow people down and save lives or collect a quota of tickets. Of course, they gave me the expected answer. I then called the State Police and they said the right thing, which is, they don't care if people slow down from being warned by flashing lights or by getting tickets. I called Roger Simon of the Sun and he wrote a column about it, which put me in fear of retribution by the County police for a while thereafter.
FedUp October 25, 2012 at 05:45 PM
You are so right and they are much friendlier. They are in communities for a reason and plenty of people go there as their evening escape from worries and job stress. You get a chance to talk with senior citizens, win door prizes and meet pinochle card players. Personally I have met more people and laughed, celebrated birth days, listened to oldie for goodies and enjoyed myself without having to lose a mint like I would at a casino. If Maryland Live was getting the revenue they predicted and O'Mally and Rawlings were not pushing the gambling for these new casinos these little places would be left alone.
FedUp October 25, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Amen. Security was there, it was providing employment, fun and entertainment. But they would much prefer to come out with another scratch-off that hardly anyone wins. Leave the spots alone in those communities that have no objection. Stop trying to controll everyone's life by dictating what type of entertainment they should be enjoying.
FedUp October 25, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Pay close attention to the timing of events--two weeks before the election and the vote for question 7. It is almost as if they were holding these places hostage if people didn't vote for question 7. Also you have to consider that politicians are angry that people are enjoying these spots more than Maryland Live which takes and takes and keeps on taking. Also remember that these places were granted ligitimate licenses and you do have the option on doing internet searches if that is what you choose to do. As with anything until the City/State can figure out how they are going to get their cut enjoyment stops for everyone else. I say if you haven't been to one don't disrupt it for everyone else. There have probably been more people visiting the block than these little spots. During the football/baseball games it was really nice to play a game, laugh and cheer for your team, eat, listen and sing, etc. It's all gone for no reason. Everyone does not like sitting in bars!!!
Xanks Kovalova October 25, 2012 at 06:32 PM
It's a bunch if B.S. The only reason these places were closed down us because the State if Maryland couldn't keep all the profits like the MD Lottery. All you people who agree with this are either wealthy. Work for the government, both or just ignorant. Why aren't you complaining about the businesses selling 200 scratch-offs. They'not shut down because the govt runs them. They don't mind that 90% if people playing nd lottery are people making less than 15,000 s year. It would be ok if they would really stand to win. But only 5% of the scratch-offs win, and 4% if those is for the amount it cost to buy the ticket. Only 1% wins the player a profit. Millions and millions of people. So desperate to have money just to get by that they spend their hard earned money with false hopes if winning. These parlors at least provided a social place for a lot if elderly people who can't afford other amusement . I did my share if investigating. The average person that patronized these places were 60snd older. The average bet was 32 cents or lower. The average playtime with a $20 was 3 hours. You think the state cares about crime in your neighborhood. NO. They closed these places ONLY BECAUSE they were mad that people were nit spending their money ONLY ON THE LOTTERY - Their money - Their livelihood.
Sweets October 25, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Its funny how people have soo much to say but haven't been in one they are usually just past times for most senior citizens and a calm atmosphere and enjoyment for most people especially if they have all the licenses they are supposed to have
FedUp October 25, 2012 at 06:39 PM
If the State/City/Counties can't link it to drugs, sex or alcohol they can't understand why folks want to go there and are having fun so they close them until they can figure out how to tax them to death. Watch, these places will come back on they have figured out how to make them undesirable by taxing and individuals are miserable again.
FedUp October 25, 2012 at 06:43 PM
And "Maryland Live"
M. Sullivan October 25, 2012 at 06:47 PM
And they lose a lot less money than they would in MD's ripoff, low payout "casinos".
joe October 25, 2012 at 06:52 PM
the local department can really pat themselves on the back, for spending all that time and energy going after these internet cafes. OMG, wow, if they could spend half as much time finding the real criminals, the world would be a better place. This is simply pathetic. Using the principle of laissez-faire, government needs to keep its hand out of small and big business alike, only then will the current economic conditions improve.
Tim October 25, 2012 at 06:59 PM
LOL
Sweets October 25, 2012 at 07:04 PM
My question is why aren't any of these officers putting this much energy and attention into all these young people being murdered why why why leave them alone and go after the real criminals
number9dream October 25, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Because there's no money in it.
t07 October 25, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Agreed number 9dream which is a load of bull
RENEE LEWIS October 25, 2012 at 08:45 PM
SO TRUE
Stephen October 25, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Whomever t07 is, your English and grammar are both off... Way off. Sounds like the management of Sin and Win, I mean Spin and Win is here for a rebuttal. Did you really expect not to get caught? What sir/ma'am am I wrong about? These places were clearly advertising as sweepstakes centers which is illegal (except for MD Lottery or non-profit organizations with a license). You probably should have sought the advice of a decent lawyer before opening up such a business, and if you did, refer him/her to the Attorney Grevience Commission of MD - you got scammed.
RENEE LEWIS October 25, 2012 at 08:48 PM
PLEASE DAVID SHUT UP U PROBABLY WAS THE ONE COMPLAINING FOR NO REASON HIDDEN TREASURES WERENT BOTHERING NOONE NEITHER THE CUSTOMERS MAJORITY OF THEM WERE SENIOR CITIZENS AND ALL THEY WANNA DO WITH THERE TIME IS ENJOY IT WHILE THEY HERE BUTPEOPLE LIKE YOU MISERABLE.
RENEE LEWIS October 25, 2012 at 08:52 PM
I LIVE RIGHT IN THE TOWNHOMES BEHIND MARS AND THERES NO PROBLEM OVER THERE U WERENT SEEING POLICE CARS OR ROBBERY AND ETC GOING ON OVER THERE SEE THIS IS WHY PEOPLE LIKE YOU GOT THE WORLD MESSED UP MIND YOUR BUSINESS AND STAY OUT OF OTHERS THAT DOESNT CONCERN YOU HIDDEN TREASURES WERE BETTER THEN ALL OF THE REST OF THE SWEEPSTAKES THAT WERE OPEN AT THE TIME WE WERE NUMBER ONE.
Bruce Goldfarb (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 01:56 AM
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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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