Three Kentucky men were arrested Tuesday in Brimfield after allegedly electronically manipulating skill game machines to produce winning tickets.
Homer Helton, 29, of Ashcamp, Ky.; T.J. Sanders, 29, of Elkhorn City, Ky.; and Michael K. Sanders, 31, of Pikeville, Ky., were arrested and charged with five felonies: One count each of grand theft, complicity to grand theft and unauthorized use of property, all fourth-degree felonies, and two counts each of possession of criminal tools, all fifth-degree felonies.
All three were arraigned Wednesday in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna and ordered held in the Portage County jail on 10 percent of $15,000 bond.
Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver said officers were called to Winns Zone, one of the township's skill game parlors, "for three mopes who were cheating the games and coming away with lots of cash," he wrote on the police department's Facebook page.
Oliver said an investigation revealed the men had hit other locations that same morning -- at least three in two other counties. About $12,435 in cash, lock picking tools and keys to slot machines were recovered by police, he said.
The three were arrested and taken to the Brimfield Police Department.
Once there, Oliver said they gave varying stories about why they were in Ohio in the first place.
"All three are from Kentucky and according to which one of the three you are talking to, they are (pick one) 'out driving around,' … 'visiting a cousin in Shelby,' … or 'going to a car auction,'" Oliver wrote.
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