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Slot Machines Confiscated, Sugar House Casino Opens

Last week, Arlington police seized four slot machines and more than $15,000 from an Arlington convenience store.

At the Texaco Food Mart in the 900 block of East Pioneer Parkway, Officers also arrested an employee in Wednesday’s bust. For the eight-liner machines, Rezene Solomon Haile, 30, is accused of providing cash payouts.

Haile faces charges of gambling promotion, possession of a gambling device/paraphernalia and keeping a gambling place.

The owner, who was not named because charges have not been filed, is in danger of losing his TABC license, certificate of occupancy and franchise with Texaco, police said.

The owner was sent two letters by the Arlington police notifying him that the machines were illegal and a violation of his certification of occupancy. He replaced them a short time later throughout the year, although he continually pulled the machines out, police said.

Arlington police Vice Unit, Arlington police Vice Unit to remove such machines or risk criminal charges and losing the ability to operate in Arlington.

Amidst all such seizures, Sugar House Casino is set to open to the public this Thursday, boasting 1,600 slot machines and 40 gaming tables. Neighbors are expressing concerns about security in their community once the doors open and it will become Philadelphia’s first gaming hall.

The casino expects to draw over 2 million people a year as per the reports by Fox 29’s Dave Schratwieser.

The 1,600 parking spaces at Sugar House are simply not enough to accommodate visitors, told neighbors in the area surrounding Sugar House. They are also afraid of increased crime rate, increased traffic, crowd overflow and drunks.

Sugar House security is headed by Former Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Tony Dilaqua and he promises the casino will keep the area safe and be a good neighbor.