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Burglary Leads Cops To Video Poker Machines

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Cherokee County, S.C. -

A burglary turned into an even bigger bust, for Cherokee County deputies.

According to the Gaffney Ledger, deputies were called out to a building on Matthew Road, because of a break-in, Thursday. That building is owned by Brown Amusement.

The incident report states deputies found James Hutt inside the building, cutting copper wire from the interior. Deputies arrested Hutt.

During the arrest, deputies found 40 video poker machines inside the building. A search of another nearby building turned up about 90 other machines.

"Some of the machines were older machines," Sheriff Steve Mueller told the Gaffney Ledger. "Some were in a work area where they were being refurbished and reprogrammed. Some had notes on them; ‘fix the motherboard,' ‘fix the monitor.'"

Investigators seized the machines, and tried hauling them away in two pickup trucks. When the machines would not fit, deputies went to a local trucking terminal and obtained a 48 foot trailer, to haul the machines away.

The trailer was locked and parked behind the sheriff's office. The machines that did not fit in the trailer were sealed in a storage facility.

The owner of the video poker machines can request a post seizure hearing from the Cherokee County Magistrate.

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