On Monday, Detective Ryan Bauer received information from a Detective with the Hutchinson Police Department regarding illegal gaming machines at Yogi’s Vape Store on Main Street in McPherson. Detective Bauer confirmed two Bankshot gaming machines, which are illegal, were in the store. Detective Bauer and additional Officers from our department executed a search warrant at the store and seized the two machines. The machines were owned by a company out of Wichita, Kansas, and have been a part of an ongoing investigation by the Kansas Gaming Commission, Wichita Police Department, and Hutchinson Police Department.
Later on Monday and Tuesday, Detective Bauer and other Officers from our department discovered there were illegal Phone Card Sweepstakes gaming machines at the following locations in McPherson: City Limits Bar, Hanks Place, VFW, American Legion, and the office of the owner of the machines. Officers executed search warrants at the aforementioned locations and seized twelve additional illegal gaming machines. The investigation is ongoing with Kansas Gaming Commission.