It doesn’t have all the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, but one local market apparently has slot machines.
City of Burbank License and Code Enforcement Division received an anonymous tip that there might be a slot machine in use at the Neighborhood Market, located at 1911 N. Glenoaks Blvd. Investigators from the Burbank Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Bureau went to the market this week to check out the report.
What they observed was a machine that accepted currency and prompted the user to push a button. Each time the button was pushed, the screen displays a “roll.” After several rolls, the screen displayed “Game Over” and no money was returned. An employee at the market told them that she had paid out money to a few “winners” who had used the machine. The machine was seized by the officers.
Armed with the search warrant, the officers returned to the market on Tuesday afternoon and recovered a “coin pusher” machine that is believed to be a type of slot machine. Slot machines are not legal in California, except in certain casinos run by Native American tribes.
No arrests have been made in this case. The owner of the market has been interviewed by detectives, and the investigation is continuing with the assistance of the License and Code Enforcement Division and the City Attorney’s Office.