Four people were arrested and more than 67 ordinance violations were issued to patrons when authorities raided a Sterling Heights restaurant after a four-month investigation into gambling and alcohol complaints, authorities said
More than 70 patrons were inside Candles Restaurant, 5738 Fifteen Mile, when authorities executed a search warrant Friday. Patrons were seen playing cards and using slot machines, city police said.
Police said they seized $35,000, 10 slot machines, records and 167 grams of marijuana.
Two people — one from Sterling Heights, the other from Warren — were arrested on charges of operating a gambling establishment, police said. Another Sterling Heights resident was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. All three were booked and released pending further investigation. Police did not provide additional details on those arrested.
Police said another person was arrested on a warrant out of Oakland County for possession of gambling paraphernalia.
The 67 violations issued to patrons were for being a disorderly person by frequenting a place of illegal occupation, police said.
The case remains under investigation. Additional charges may be filed, police said.
This is just one of many stories which have been filling the news lately with regards to illegal gambling. In fact, stories of this type have been making the airways as far back as any of us can remember. There’s something about gambling that can’t be ignored. It’s exciting, potentially profitable, and an all-time interest that captures the attention of those from all walks of life.
Candles Restaurant also gets subpar reviews with regards to its dining experience. It appears this could be due to the fact that it appears to have been focusing its attention elsewhere.