More gas stations get gambling machines back

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

Gas stations in Knox County are getting gambling machines that police seized last winter.

You might remember one year ago state police raided gas stations and took dozens of machines and cash.

Gas stations paid 300 dollars per machine.

Police say giving the machines back does not help with the gambling problem.

"It's basically like a drug addiction...with the economy the way it is...and people using what money they do have on these gambling devices... it can lead to theft to supply their habit," said Rob Farley with Kentucky State Police.

So far, four gas stations in Knox County are allowed by the court to get the machines back.

"I don't see there was anything wrong with it. It was just entertainment," said Mary Powers with Creek Mart.

Workers at the Creek Mart on highway 25-E south of Barbourville are paying for a few machines.

"It's been a long process. I guess we are glad to get them back. We don't know what we will do with them," said Powers.

Mangers say it's not likely they will put the machines back out.
"Probably not because they will just get taken again," said Powers.

The Spur Oil gas station got more than one dozen machines back.
Spur Oil mangers would not go on camera but say they do not plan to set out their machines for folks to use.

Police say they will continue to crack down on illegal gambling.
"We get complaints and we will investigate them. We will follow through as far as we can to the letter of the law," said Farley.

Three gas stations have not gotten the order that allows the company to buy the machines back.

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