Big Island police raid suspected gambling operations
One of 33 suspected illegal gambling machines that were seized at three Hilo locations Friday.
Big Island police say they have disrupted suspected gambling operations at three locations in Hilo.
Shortly before 2 p.m. Friday (July 20), officers executed search warrants at Tilt Amusement Center, located at 111 E. Puainako Street, Da Little Game Shack, located at 165 E. Kawili Street, and 777 Arcade, located at 500 Manono Street.
Police say they execution search warrants after an investigation using undercover officers and tips from the public.
While executing the search warrants, officers seized 33 suspected illegal gambling machines, suspected gambling records, and large sums of cash.
Police arrested three employees on suspicion of promoting gambling.
They are 47-year-old Paul Lagat of Keaʻau (from Tilt Amusement Center), 50-year-old Lance Yamada of Hilo (from 777 Arcade) and 39-year-old Serena Valenzuela of Pâhoa (from Da Little Game Shack). All three were later released pending further investigation.
"The Hawaiʻi Police Department thanks the public for providing tips and information that assisted police with the disruption of these suspected illegal gambling operations," said Lieutenant Burt Shimabukuro from the Area I Vice Section. Vice detectives are continuing the investigation.