Police arrest 6 in gambling raids

Lawyer for distributor of machines filed lawsuit for deprivation of property rights

Published  5:28 PM HST Feb 14, 2013
HONOLULU -

Honolulu police say at least six gaming arcades were raided on Thursday.

The raids have been controversial since the owners of the stores say their machines are not gambling devices.

Officers removed the 22 alleged gambling machines from Lucky Touch arcades and six people were arrested.

An attorney who represents the distributors of the machines say the company filed a lawsuit for deprivation of property rights.

The company is waiting for a decision by a federal judge by the end of the month.

Lawmakers like Karl Rhoads disagrees.

"People have said to me, 'Hey, they are gambling.  They are games of chance and they can win things,'" said Rhoads.

HPD first raided Winner'z Zone arcades in September, then got search warrants for Lucky Touch in December and again on Thursday.

"The Honolulu Police Department believes the laws are adequate and they are going to win the case, which is in federal court.  But, as an abundance of caution, we just want to tighten it up," said Rhoads.

HPD says the six employees were arrested on a total of 72 felony and misdemeanor gambling offenses.

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