(Photo by Tim Jaynes, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Many local businesses were surprised Thursday afternoon as Sikeston Department of Public Safety officers confiscated gaming machines deemed to be illegal.
Assisted by officers of the Missouri Division of Liquor and Tobacco, DPS identified and seized 12 machines from about a half-dozen locations in Sikeston from about 3-7 p.m.
DPS officers checked about 30 Sikeston business reported to have the machines. Following the completion of the investigation, a report will be sent to Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd.
Having investigated these Sikeston businesses without discrimination, Mark Crocker, captain with DPS, said they hope to see similar operations in neighboring communities and pressure to confiscate the machines is not being focused on Sikeston alone.
"You see these things all over," Crocker said.