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Duo Busted for Illegal Game of Chance
DAYTON -- You'd think it was a harmless carnival game but an off-duty officer police busted scheming brothers selling illegal loot at the Shell station on Main and Stewart.
Police tell us they stopped these guys as they were setting up their illegal game and before they could steal anyone's money under their makeshift tent Friday.
But brothers, ages 32 and 36 weren't just selling stolen merchandise, they wanted folks to play for it in a classic game of chance. Convince someone to make a cash bet and win a prize.
"They admitted to having been doing this game of chance from Florida all the way up to Ohio, at different carnivals and parking lots along the way," said Dayton Police Sgt. Eric Sheldon.
An off-duty officer recognized the the race jackets as the same ones that were stolen from Love's truck stop earlier in the day.
The brother didn't take the goods far, less than two mile s up the road at the busy intersection.
All the stolen property was being used as prizes for the brother's carnival game.
"Several boxes were actually empty but they showed like Xbox, Playstations things of that nature which i imagine they had out there to show that you could win the large ticket prize but in fact the boxes were empty so i suspect those prizes were never going to be given out," Sheldon explained
Suspects admitted to police that they stole the jackets and they took ownership of the heroin and needles police found in their car.
Management at the Shell station say they didn't even know the display was going up in their parking lot..
"It's possible. They just pick a parking lot where as you can see there's not a lot of visibility inside there are no windows so when the shop owner finds out they pick up and move on out," Sheldon added.
The brothers are in jail facing charges of theft and drug possession. Additional gambling charges are pending.
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