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Police in Brevard County raided an internet cafe Thursday afternoon.

It happened in Cocoa along U.S. 1. The business was shut down and equipment was confiscated after concerns of illegal gambling.

Police have not made any arrests, but are investigating three people who worked there, all of whom could be charged.

The establishment operated in a low-profile manner, without so much as a sign out front.      

Police said they received a tip about the place several weeks ago and they've been investigating ever since. Customers play games of chance on the internet, and most forms of gambling are illegal in Florida.

Thursday afternoon, police were labeling and identifying computer screens and other equipment they said were used in the gambling. 

"I don't know how much money they took in, but customers would pay a fee here and get access on the internet to all kinds of gambling programs," said Yvonne Martinez with the Cocoa Police Department.

Once police identify and label all the equipment, which occupies three different locations in the strip mall, they will likely spend a few hours moving the equipment into trucks to carry it away as evidence.

Article source: http://www.wesh.com/news/agents-raid-cocoa-internet-cafe/41783614

Police in Brevard County raided an internet cafe Thursday afternoon.

It happened in Cocoa along U.S. 1. The business was shut down and equipment was confiscated after concerns of illegal gambling.

Police have not made any arrests, but are investigating three people who worked there, all of whom could be charged.

The establishment operated in a low-profile manner, without so much as a sign out front.      

Police said they received a tip about the place several weeks ago and they've been investigating ever since. Customers play games of chance on the internet, and most forms of gambling are illegal in Florida.

Thursday afternoon, police were labeling and identifying computer screens and other equipment they said were used in the gambling. 

"I don't know how much money they took in, but customers would pay a fee here and get access on the internet to all kinds of gambling programs," said Yvonne Martinez with the Cocoa Police Department.

Once police identify and label all the equipment, which occupies three different locations in the strip mall, they will likely spend a few hours moving the equipment into trucks to carry it away as evidence.

Police in Brevard County raided an internet cafe Thursday afternoon.

It happened in Cocoa along U.S. 1. The business was shut down and equipment was confiscated after concerns of illegal gambling.

Police have not made any arrests, but are investigating three people who worked there, all of whom could be charged.

The establishment operated in a low-profile manner, without so much as a sign out front.      

Police said they received a tip about the place several weeks ago and they've been investigating ever since. Customers play games of chance on the internet, and most forms of gambling are illegal in Florida.

Thursday afternoon, police were labeling and identifying computer screens and other equipment they said were used in the gambling. 

"I don't know how much money they took in, but customers would pay a fee here and get access on the internet to all kinds of gambling programs," said Yvonne Martinez with the Cocoa Police Department.

Once police identify and label all the equipment, which occupies three different locations in the strip mall, they will likely spend a few hours moving the equipment into trucks to carry it away as evidence.

Article source: http://www.wesh.com/news/agents-raid-cocoa-internet-cafe/41783614

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East China's Jiangxi province has started to install face recognition technology in internet cafes across the province to stop entry of children, thepaper.cn reported.

The online real name registration system, which is also being installed, will help trace the authenticity of the users' ID.

Once child logs on to one of the more than 5,000 monitored internet cafes, the system will immediately report it to the authority and retain evidence.

China banned internet cafes from allowing anyone below the age of 18 in 2002 and every customer was required to show ID before entering the bars.

The system aims to use technology rather than human check to implement the regulation. It is expected to finish installation before the end of October and finish trial run before the end of November.

Media has been reporting the violation of rules both by children and internet cafes for years.

On Oct 19, 2015, a 16-year-old student, surnamed Zhou, skipped classes and surfed the internet in a cafe for about seven hours before passing out and later dying in Hongze county, Huaian city of East China's Jiangsu province.

On Dec 28, 2014, a 17-year-old boarding school student Xiao Lei, alias, went to an internet cafe with friends after drinking and fainted at 3.32 am in front of the computer before dying two hours later in Liuzhou, South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

SPRING HILL — An 80-year-old man was arrested last week and accused of running an Internet cafe with illegal slot-style computer games, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Brewer Gene Miller of Clearwater, who ran the Lucky Monkey on Commercial Way in Spring Hill, was charged with keeping a gambling house, operating a lottery and possession of slot machines. He was released from jail on his own recognizance hours after his arrest.

The 32 computers in the Lucky Monkey had slot-style games where patrons put money into an account to play, according to Miller's arrest report. They would then wager the money on the slot games. The outcomes of the games were not predetermined, the report said, and patrons could trade in their winnings for Visa rewards debit cards and Publix and Walmart gift cards.

Last month, Hernando deputies closed two other Internet cafes, Safari and the Cave, that authorities said were also offering rewards to their patrons.

Article source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/authorities-say-us-19-internet-cafe-offered-illegal-gambling/2290803

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Authorities say an Internet cafe in Glendale has been shut down for alleged illegal gambling.

Glendale police and investigators from the Arizona Department of Gaming served a search warrant Wednesday morning linked to an illegal gambling investigation at Mega Byte.

During the joint operation, several people were arrested in connection to the business.

Police say they’ll be facing multiple charges including operating an illegal gaming facility, promotion of illegal gambling and racketeering.

Investigators have been looking into the business for several months and found it was operating as an illegal gambling operation.

Customers allegedly were allowed to pay cash for the chance to play on computer terminals that offered casino-style games.

Gaming officials say unregulated cash businesses often open near neighborhoods and can easily attract violent crimes to the area.

Article source: http://ktar.com/story/1246852/glendale-internet-cafe-shut-down-for-alleged-illegal-gaming/

By Olivia Neeley

Times Staff Writer

Wilson police are investigating separate armed robberies at two local businesses over the weekend.

Authorities were dispatched to Family Dollar, 205 Hines St., in reference to an armed robbery Saturday shortly after 8:30 p.m.

The robber was armed with a small, black handgun when he entered the store and demanded money from the clerk, according to police. The robber fled the store on foot toward Jones Street after stealing money from the business, officials said.

Police describe the suspect as a black man who was wearing a black hoodie, black pants and brown and red shoes. The man’s face was also covered during the robbery.

WILSON’S CHOICE

On Sunday, Wilson police responded to Wilson’s Choice, an internet cafe located at 6631 Ward Blvd., in reference to an armed robbery.

Witnesses told police a man announced he was robbing the business and made everyone get on the floor, according to Sgt. Stuart Haste. The man brandished a silver handgun during the robbery, police said.

Authorities said the suspect stole money from Wilson’s Choice and fled on foot behind the business. Police described the suspect as a black man wearing a red shirt with black sleeves, black jeans, black Nikes with a white Nike symbol and sunglasses.

Wilson police released security video stills of the suspects.

Police ask anyone with information regarding these cases to contact the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or CrimeStoppers at 252-243-2255.

olivia@wilsontimes.com | 265-7879

By Olivia Neeley

Times Staff Writer

Wilson police are investigating separate armed robberies at two local businesses over the weekend.

Authorities were dispatched to Family Dollar, 205 Hines St., in reference to an armed robbery Saturday shortly after 8:30 p.m.

The robber was armed with a small, black handgun when he entered the store and demanded money from the clerk, according to police. The robber fled the store on foot toward Jones Street after stealing money from the business, officials said.

Police describe the suspect as a black man who was wearing a black hoodie, black pants and brown and red shoes. The man’s face was also covered during the robbery.

WILSON’S CHOICE

On Sunday, Wilson police responded to Wilson’s Choice, an internet cafe located at 6631 Ward Blvd., in reference to an armed robbery.

Witnesses told police a man announced he was robbing the business and made everyone get on the floor, according to Sgt. Stuart Haste. The man brandished a silver handgun during the robbery, police said.

Authorities said the suspect stole money from Wilson’s Choice and fled on foot behind the business. Police described the suspect as a black man wearing a red shirt with black sleeves, black jeans, black Nikes with a white Nike symbol and sunglasses.

Wilson police released security video stills of the suspects.

Police ask anyone with information regarding these cases to contact the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or CrimeStoppers at 252-243-2255.

olivia@wilsontimes.com | 265-7879

Article source: http://wilsontimes.com/stories/Police-probe-Family-Dollar-internet-cafe-robberies,72461

GLENDALE, AZ - The Arizona Department of Gaming says the internet cafe Mega Byte has been closed in Glendale, and several people associated with the business have been arrested for running an illegal gambling ring.

The department says customers at the cafe near 59th and Missouri avenues were allowed to pay cash at the cafe and were then set up to play casino style games at different computer terminals.

Glendale police were involved in the investigation as well, which took several months to unfold. Undercover officers were also involved in the case.

Police and members of the Arizona Department of Gaming served a search warrant at the cafe on August 24.

Bethany Ann Graham, 26, was arrested on multiple charges after officers identified her as working in the back of the facility. Police say Graham handled cash transactions from customers in exchange for customers gaining access to the gambling sites on the computers.

Graham was in business with Jeremy Ramon Muniz, 29, who worked the front lobby of the business where he says he acted as security and documented anyone who entered and exited.

Graham and Muniz reportedly lived together. Their charges include operating an illegal gaming facility, promotion of illegal gambling and racketeering, possession of a gambling device, and possession of gambling records.

Muniz contacted ABC15 to say he was not a security guard at the business, rather he worked as a front door attendant. He said he and Graham were "just petty employees" and "all we did was work there." 

Investigators say operations like this often operate as a cash business in the middle of neighborhoods and can easily attract violence to the area.

The Department of Gaming says in partnership with local police departments, dozens of illegal gambling operations have been shut down this year.

Article source: http://www.abc15.com/news/region-west-valley/glendale/mega-byte-internet-cafe-closed-down-for-illegal-gambling-operation-in-glendale

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