Warner Robins police investigate gambling at gas stations

chwright@macon.comJune 17, 2013 

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A Warner Robins police officer walks to the Rocky’s Quick Shop Sunoco on Green Street. Officers shut down two gas stations as part of an investigation into illegal gambling.

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WARNER ROBINS -- City police shut down gas stations in Warner Robins on Monday as part of what they called an illegal gambling investigation.

Yellow police tape surrounded the Sunoco station just west of North Davis Drive on Green Street Monday morning, as well as the Bi-Lo Mart at the corner of Houston Road and Green Street. Police vehicles blocked entrances, and officers were inside each store.

Also, the Gulf gas station at North Davis and Ignico drives was also roped off with yellow police tape early Monday with officers on site.

Police declined to release details about the probe, including whether other convenience store locations were involved.

“This investigation is ongoing,” police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh said in an email. “We are conducting a commercial gambling operation. No other details about this investigation will be available today.”

Warner Robins City Council has tweaked local regulations of gaming machines over the past year in a bid to better supervise businesses that could use amusement games more as gambling machines.

It was not clear Monday whether machines were part of the sting.

Staff writer Becky Purser contributed to this report. To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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