Video gaming devices seized in Hickory, police say more places could be next

Illegal video games seized from Hickory business

HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - After a ruling last week where a judge lifted an injunction that stopped police from seizing certain video gaming devices, Hickory Police moved in on its second such location in a matter of days.

The Lucky Stop on 1st Avenue Southwest had 8 machines inside. The devices, similar to electronic slot machines, are considered games of chance and therefore not legal in North Carolina, said officials.

A judge ruled that only video games where skill determines the outcome can legally pay prizes a week earlier.

Captain Jeff Young of the Hickory Police Department said there are more than 20 places in the city that investigators are monitoring. Anything that is determined illegal will be seized, he said.

The manager at the Lucky Stop, Jacob Ali, was charged with a misdemeanor for operating the machines. He said he did not know they were illegal. The machines were taken to the evidence room at the hickory Police Department where they will remain until the courts determine what should be done with them.

Last week, police seized 7 machines from another convenience store. The manager there was also charged with a misdemeanor.

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