Indiana State Police raiding six locations to bust illegal gambling ring

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- The Indiana State police raided five businesses and one residence in St. Joseph County on Friday afternoon.

The Indiana Gaming Commissioner, Larry Rollins, told ABC 57 Multimedia Journalist Ryan Klund that this is in connection with an illegal gambling ring.  This comes after a two-year undercover investigation where officers posed as gamblers to gain information about the illegal gambling activities going on locally.

"It is a violation of Indiana law and federal law, both, to bet on sporting events. And this is something that has been going on for quite a number of years," said Rollins.

The five businesses that were raided include:

  • Pirates Cove Bar in Mishawaka
  • Frank's Place in Downtown in South Bend
  • Frank's Place Liquor Store in South Bend
  • Deal Makers Auto Sales in South Bend
  • Main Event Hair Salon in South Bend

A residence at 234 W. Marion was also raided. Rollins said that a man by the name of Giuseppe Romeo lives there. Police have not arrested him at this time, but they are looking for him for questioning.

No charges are filed at this time.

ABC 57 News is following this developing story.  We will have more information as it becomes available.

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