In a continuing crackdown on businesses with illegal gaming machines, Concord police on Friday seized computer sweepstakes equipment from a business on Warren C. Coleman Boulevard and arrested the owner.
Tammy Annette Teal of Kannapolis, owner of Shooting Stars Sweepstakes, was charged with possession of five or more electronic gaming machines, after 16 officers executed a search warrant at her business. Teal was not on the Cabarrus County Jail inmate list on Saturday, and her bail information was unavailable.
Police performed a similar operation on June 16, when search warrants were executed simultaneously at five other sweepstakes gaming establishments.
Police said they have active warrants for two other owners from that operation: James Monaghan of Mount Pleasant, S.C., owner of the Double Deuce on Concord Parkway North; and Larry Soles of Rock Hill, owner of Larry’s on Church Street North.
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During the June 16 raids, police arrested Patricia Morris Newton, owner of ConcordOverStock.com on Union Cemetery Road, on a charge of possession of five or more electronic gaming machines. Police said they are considering more charges from the June 16 raids.
Police Chief Gary Gacek said such businesses breed violence.
On May 31, a security guard shot and killed one of two armed assailants who tried to rob Newton’s business. Police said they found Abdur Rahim Muhammad, 32, of Hillsborough dead from gunshot wounds. No charges have been filed in the case.