Five arrested in illegal gambling operation in Paris

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PARIS, TX -- Five Paris residents have been arrested after a two month investigation into illegal home gambling.

In May, Paris officers received a tip that residents in the 1700-block of Cleveland Street were running an illegal gambling operation out of their home. Officers obtained a search warrant and inside they found five gambling machines.

"They actually had a room set aside for these machines and they were allowing persons that they knew and didn't know to come in and play the machines," said Paris Police Officer David Whitaker.

During the search officers found information about another possible gambling operation up the street.

Inside a home in the 300-block of Southeast 19th Street, police found six more machines.

Officer David Whitaker says the machines were designed to give out tickets, to be redeemed for a prize or gift card.

"The machines were being used to pay out sums of money, that's what makes it illegal," said Whitaker.

A nearby neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said he would see up to 12-cars parked outside the home at any given time, but he was surprised to find out it was an illegal gambling operation.

"People(were) in and out constantly, so I always worried about what's going on," said the neighbor. "They were just so nice I never really worried about it."

70-year-old Phyllis Childers, 57-year-old Donna Diaz and 57-year-old Michael Bolger were arrested by Paris Police Wednesday, on warrants for keeping a gambling place.

33-year-old Joshua Flick and 55-year-old Terry Philpot were arrested on warrants by the Sheriff's Office on July 2nd.

Detectives say they're continuing to investigate.