Metropolitan police raided two suspected gambling houses this morning.
Officers made arrests and seized suspected gambling equipment and guns from a home near 34th Street and Central and another home in the 1400 block of Roache Street, Lt. Doug Scheffel said.
Police say the home were gambling establishments known as "pea-shake houses," where patrons are paid off if they select winning combinations of three or four numbers.
Police say the home were gambling establishments known as “pea-shake houses,” where patrons are paid off if they select winning combinations of three or four numbers.
Police arrested nine people at the Central Avenue storefront and issued summonses to 10 others. A shotgun, revolver and $5,339 in cash were seized. Four people were arrested on Roache Street and two received summonses. Police confiscated a handgun and $1,605 in cash.
The raid of the pea shake house on 34th & Central Avenue will be pleasing to several neighbors in the area, including Kevin Warren and Scott Van Kirk, both of whom have complained to City-County Councilor Jackie Nytes about the problem. Their concerns have been largely ignored until today. Center Township Trustee Carl Drummer lives within a block of the Central Avenue pea shake house.