WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Police Department is continuing to focus on Illegal gambling in the city.
Following multiple violent crimes and illegal gambling enforcement actions at the Fabric Care Center, 2910 E. Harry, the City of Wichita obtained an abatement through the 18th Judicial District. On Wednesday, the business received a court order forcing its closure for 30 days.
Since 2016, the WPD has been fielding complaints of illegal electronic gambling machines in area businesses including gas stations, laundromats, restaurants, bars and smoke shops. Law enforcement officials say the presence of illegal gambling devices contributes to violent crimes and property crimes at the businesses involved and in surrounding areas.
In the last three years, the department has received more than 100 complaints of illegal gambling machines operating in Wichita businesses.
The WPD has collaborated with the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission and the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office on investigations that have led to 40 separate enforcement actions and more than 900 machines being seized.
The WPD is reminding business owners and managers that they can be subject to criminal and civil liability, if the business is found providing operations of illegal gambling machines.
If you see illegal gambling devices, please call the WPD Special Investigations Bureau at (316) 268-4171 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (316) 267-2111.