Fourteen slot machines and three coin pusher machines were seized on Wednesday after agents and police officers in Carbon County served a search warrant at a local laundromat.
According to a Facebook post published by the Price City Police Department, the raid was the result of a months-long investigation and several citizen complaints over the alleged gambling machines inside the Castle Country Hobby & Pawn and Laundromat.
Gambling is typically viewed as a victimless crime, however, complainants and agents have allegedly noted, that those observed playing these machines are typically among the most vulnerable citizens from our community. They are the least likely to have expendable cash for recreational gambling.
Technicalities in the former gambling law provided a potential loophole in the enforcement of Utah's no gambling law. On May 14, that changed and the new law went into effect.
Owning a gambling machine is against the law and owners throughout the state will be given notice of the change, police said.
The coin pushers seized in Price were working and had an undisclosed amount of cash in them.
The electronic slot machines had signs taped next to them saying, "Out of Order." However, each machine was still plugged into a power strip or wall socket. It is believed they are fully functioning. No money was seized with those machines, according to the Facebook post.
56-year-old Marty S. Robbins, who owns the Castle Country Hobby & Pawn and Laundromat, could face charges. The Carbon County Attorney's Office is in the process of reviewing the case.