(BIVN) – Nine people were arrested on August 10, as sixteen alleged gambling devices, U.S. Currency and other electronic equipment were recovered from a “downtown Hilo gambling establishment”, police report.
Triple 7 Amusements, the subject of complaints from neighboring tenants, remained shut down on Friday. Police say they opened a gambling investigation into the game room in response to complaints from the public.
“At 12:50 p.m., officers and detectives from the Area I Vice and Criminal Investigations Sections along with South Hilo Community Policing Officers, served a search warrant at a game room located on Haili Street near the intersection with Kamehameha Avenue,” a police media release described.
On Friday, a sign outside the establishment was posted to “friends and customers.”
“Please check back with us in 2-3 weeks,” the sign reads. “We are trying to put together something for your enjoyment and entertainment.”
On the sign, Triple 7 Amusements noted the company has been “here for your enjoyment and entertainment for the last 18 years.”
According to police, the following people were arrested in the August 10 raid:
- Stacey Yamada, a 50-year-old from Hilo for first degree promoting gambling and possession of gambling devices.
- Carol Luciano, a 68-year-old from Hilo for first degree promoting gambling and possession of gambling devices.
- Shayne Kualii, a 46-year-old from Hilo for gambling.
- Rose Majamay, a 58-year-old from Hilo for gambling.
- Martha Keohuloa, a 50-year-old from Hilo for gambling.
- Ronald Veriato, a 71-year-old from Hilo for gambling.
- Tomas Guerrero, a 83-year-old from Keaʻau for gambling.
- Glenn DePonte, a 68-year-old from Hilo for gambling.
- Rachelle Benevides, a 46-year-old from Hilo for gambling.
All individuals arrested are currently being held at the Hilo cellblock while investigators with the Vice Section continue their investigation.
“We encourage the community to continue informing us of illegal activities by calling the Police Department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311,” police stated. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.