Boise, July 17, 2013 - Boise Police arrested four people last night after following up on citizen complaints of illegal gambling.
"We heard from people who live and work near these locations who had strong feelings illegal activity was happening, and they didn't want to be near it or associated with it," said Sgt. Mike Harrington of the Boise Police Vice-Narcotics Unit.
Arrested: David A. Deboer, 32, Meridian
Arrested: Jo Anne Lough, 60, Boise
Arrested: Timothy J. Lough, 59, Boise
Arrested: Travis J. Lough, 33, Boise
All Charged: Gambling (m)
What Happened: Boise Police began receiving tips about possible illegal gambling operations at two locations about one month ago. The citizen tips and complaints came in through various sources including Crime Stoppers.
Members of the Boise Police Vice-Narcotics Unit began an investigation based on the citizen complaints. Tuesday evening, July 16th, officers served search warrants on two locations; the 4400 block of W. Emerald Street and the 4700 block of W. Emerald Street. Although both locations are leased office spaces on W. Emerald, officers do not believe the two operations are connected.
What Officers Found: Inside the operations officers found poker tables, chips, cards, and ongoing poker games where the facilitator accepted cash for poker chips in an apparent for-profit gambling operation. Several people were found participating in the games and were cited and released on misdemeanor gambling charges. Officers arrested four people based on evidence they were running the illegal games. Deboer was arrested at the 4700 block of W. Emerald location. Three members of the Lough family, a husband, wife and son were arrested at the 4400 block of W. Emerald location.
Ongoing Investigation: Officers say the investigation into other possible locations where illegal gambling may be occurring is ongoing.
Crime Stoppers: Anyone with information on illegal activity can call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.
Idaho State Code 18-3802. Gambling prohibited. (1) A person is guilty of gambling if he: (a)Participates in gambling; or (b)Knowingly permits any gambling to be played, conducted or dealt upon or in any real or personal property owned, rented, or under the control of the actor, whether in whole or in part. (2)Gambling is a misdemeanor.