Robinwood Bingo Hall Raided and Operators Arrested
After a raid conducted by the Tarrant police, the operators at Robinwood Bingo were arrested and jailed in the Jefferson County Jail. According to Sgt. Larry Rice, the operators of Robinwood Bingo were accused of illegally housing slot machines, which is a misdemeanor. They now stand accused of forty of forty counts of illegal possession of gambling devices.
As per the jail logs, Tracey Jordan and Stephen Mark Beane were jailed at 3:45 in the afternoon and were being held on a $12,000 bond each. Rice mentioned that although the bingo hall was outside the Tarrant city limits, it still fell under the jurisdiction of city police. Although the owners said that the bingo hall would shortly shut down, it was still functioning. Rice also mentioned that they had been given enough fair warning.
There were a total of nineteen clients in the Bingo Hall at the time of the raid but none of them were arrested. While the machines were being loaded to the vehicle, clients asked the reporters if the business was shutdown. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. It’s our money; I don’t see why they don’t let us play,” Linda said.
“These are illegal slot machines,” Rice said. The games are based on “cash valued prizes” and they are not won based on skill. The officials who went on undercover were offered cash when they played the machines.
Chief Deputy, Randy Christian, stated that further investigation is going on in other bingo halls at Jefferson County. Both Tarrant Police and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office has been investigating the case for many weeks now, according to Rice.
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