More Eight-Liner Seizures
APD nabs another 352 eight-liners allegedly being used in illegal gambling operations around town
This is the third major eight-liner seizure operation since last year in 2005, cops nabbed 733 machines as part of Operation Casino Flush, and earlier this year they seized nearly 1,100 machines as part of Operation Flatliner. (Apparently, the Nov. 30 bust went off without a hitch even though it seemingly lacked a coy name like, say, Operation Two Cherries and a Dollar Sign. Perhaps police were more focused on figuring out where to store the cumbersome machines than worrying about a catchy name lest the machines sit out in the elements, barely covered by a string of tarps, behind the APD training academy for months, which is what happened last time. [See "Psst! Wanna buy some (slightly ruined) eight-liners?," July 28.])
In all, police appear hopeful that the message behind the ongoing raids is becoming clear: "Illegal gambling will not be tolerated in the Austin community," APD reports in a press release, noting that game rooms often attract "suspicious individuals" and "criminal activity" some of it violent, like robbery. Indeed, in 2005, APD officers fielded at least 26 game-room robberies (likely more went unreported, they say), since the onslaught of coordinated police raids. They've only gotten 14 robbery reports connected to game rooms this year, however.