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Man arrested on gambling charge

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, September 15, 2018
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An Irving man has been arrested in connection with an investigation into illegal gambling taking place at a tobacco shop in Bridgeport.

Suresh Pandey

Suresh Pandey, 30, was booked into the Wise County Jail Thursday on a Class A misdemeanor charge of keeping a gambling place. He is the owner of one of two tobacco shops where gaming machines were seized by the Bridgeport Police Department Aug. 9.

Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said last month that officers received tips from citizens about possible illegal gambling going on in the two businesses, both located on 16th Street – one in the 1400 block and the other in the 1700 block.

Pandey is owner of the Cowboyz Tobacco Shop in the 1400 block of 16th Street.

Stanford said his office is still investigating the other business, and no arrests have been made in connection with that business.

Witnesses said both locations were paying out cash, similar to a casino.

An undercover officer had gone into the businesses and verified that cash prizes were being given to winners.

Stanford explained the machines themselves are not illegal. Businesses are allowed to award prizes to winners, but a cash prize is against the law.

Five machines were seized from each business as well as $6,000 in cash.

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