Convenience store busted for illegal gambling

by Wes Mayer


Seven gambling machines were found inside the Rush II convenience store on East Broad Street.

A cashier is now facing charges after Coweta County investigators searched a Newnan convenience store and discovered a small gambling operation, authorities said.

Around 9 a.m. Tuesday, Coweta County Sheriff’s Office authorities under primary investigator Edwin Rivera served a search warrant at the Rush Foods II convenience store on East Broad Street in Newnan, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office.

A confidential informant was able to enter the store, gamble, earn some credits and receive cash from the clerk at the register, Yarbrough said. A search warrant was then obtained. Under Georgia law, credits can only be redeemed for store credit.

Inside the convenience store, investigators found and seized seven electronic gambling machines along with more than $2,400 in cash, Yarbrough said. Warrants have been issued for the arrest of the cashier, who will be charged with commercial gambling.

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