Concord police seized several hundred illegal computer sweepstakes gaming devices during simultaneous raids on five businesses Wednesday night.
Police arrested the owner of one business on a felony charge and said they intend to file charges against the owners of the other businesses.
Patricia Morris Newton, owner of ConcordOverStock on Union Cemetery Road, was charged with possession of five or more electronic gaming machines. She was taken before a magistrate and given a $10,000 bail.
A misdemeanor and felony charge related to gaming devices were already pending against Newton in Cabarrus County Court, police said.
Forty police officers also helped search Larry’s in the 400 block of Church Street North, Double Deuce in the 3800 block of Concord Parkway North, and Lucky Charms and We R Blessed, both in the 2400 block of Kannapolis Highway.
On May 31, a security guard shot and killed one of two armed assailants who tried to rob ConcordOverStock. Police said they found Abdur Rahim Muhammad, 32, of Hillsborough dead from gunshot wounds. No charges have been filed in the case.
“Despite what the business owners will try to portray to the public, they are in the business of separating customers from their money through the use of illegal gaming devices,” Concord Police Chief Gary Gacek said Thursday. “Such businesses have attracted violent crime and are a threat to public safety and the quality of life residents who live nearby deserve.”