Thanks to tips from the public, Big Island police says it arrested two men and a woman Tuesday in connection with a gambling investigation in Hilo.
At approximately 9:45 a.m., Vice Section officers, Community Policing officers and South Hilo Patrol officers executed a search warrant at Pay Day Loans/Internet Cafe, located at 133 Makaala Street in Hilo.
The search warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation using undercover officers and tips from the public, which helped corroborate suspected gambling activities at that location.
While executing the search warrant, officers seized 15 suspected gambling devices, suspected gambling records and an undisclosed sum of cash.
Officers arrested 40-year-old Serena Valenzuela of Pahoa, 26-year-old Davin Maballo of Honolulu and 60-year-old Samuel Maballo of Keaau, all on suspicion of promoting gambling. They 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 this suspected illegal gambling operation.