This story was updated at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 with a statement that was issued by the Katy Police department. Additional photos were added at 4:37 p.m. Thursday.
CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News) – The Katy Star convenience store was raided Wednesday night by Katy Police, the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office and members of the Fort Bend District Attorney’s Office. The business is accused of running an illegal gambling operation.
The Katy Star convenience store is located at 5710 Highway Boulevard at Avenue B in the City of Katy.
Police Chief Noe Diaz said there were gambling machines hidden behind Coke machines.
“There are eight-liners in here,” Diaz said.
The machines are illegal in Texas if they pay cash prizes to those who win.
“Undercover officers gambled and were paid in cash for their winnings,” Diaz said. He added that undercover officers were paid for their winnings on three different occasions.
The eight-liners will be confiscated as will money that was generated by any illegal gambling. If any of the funds made from gambling were used in the business, they too will be confiscated by law enforcement.
“Any co-mingled funds will be seized,” Diaz said.
The Katy Star store is in Fort Bend County but Diaz said Harris County Constable Ted Heap has a very proficient illegal gambling unit that participated in the investigation.
Covering Katy will update this story as more information is made available.
Katy Police Statement issued Thursday April 24, 2019
Investigators with Katy Police Department, along with Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office Major Offenders Division executed a search warrant on an illegal gambling operation located at 5700 Highway Boulevard Katy, Fort Bend County, Texas.
Officers raided the Katy Star convenience store just after 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and seized five eight-liner gambling devices and over $100,000 in cash. This raid comes after several weeks of surveillance, where undercover officers went into the store and were paid money for their winnings from the gambling devices.
The eight-liner gambling devices were located inside the convenience store, hidden behind beverage coolers in a back corner of the business.
These types of operations are illegal in Texas. Customers can often become targets of other types of crime, because of the significant amounts of cash on hand.
This investigation is still on-going, which may result in future arrests.
The Katy Police Department would like to thank Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap and Fort Bend County District Attorney Brian Middleton for their partnership and assistance during this operation.