Updated Oct 29, 2012 - 5:20 pm
Authorities search Glendale cafe in gambling probe
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Authorities said a search of a Glendale business has turned up evidence of illegal gambling.
The Arizona Department of Gaming announced Monday that authorities have seized more than 40 gambling devices, computers, a vehicle and $940,000 from the Jackpot Cafe.
"We are in the process now of going through financial records, bank records and referring charges to the Attorney General's office for prosecution," said Mark Brnovich with the Arizona Department of Gaming.
Authorities said patrons have been playing slot machine games to win cash and that the business ignored an order Friday to cease operations for licensing violations.
Brnovich said the illegal operation is a rising trend.
"We're starting to see more and more of these types of alleged illegal gambling operations in our community," he said. "Historically, gambling has attracted crime, corruption, cheats, crooks and is something that really needs to be well regulated."
A call to the business that has an Internet cafe and amusement center did not go through Monday.
No one has been arrested or charged in the investigation, though two patrons were taken into custody on charges unrelated to the gambling probe.