Three Kentucky residents arrested in Brimfield, charged with five felonies

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

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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  • Sezwho, they probably lost. They got off an exit early, they were lookin for Ravenna

  • Yep your right, surprised Ravenna Eco director has not brought some skilled gaming to the city! We got all the other bs to go with it.

  • These kinds of businesses do nothing but draw the fast dollar criminals. These games of skill are BS. They control just who and how much you win, just like the Casinos. I guess they did not like it when these boys cheated them for a change.

  • Thanks for the info Hiram.

  • Redleg6, The parlors are basically casinos although the owners claim they differ from casinos in that the games involve skill, such as timing and practice, while gambling does not. These parlors have been in news and subject of controversy for a couple of years now. If there's anything else you need help understanding, I am here for you.

  • Don't the drug dealers and criminals know by now to stay out of Brimfield?? They all end up getting busted there. Stay out in the county or in Ravenna or Kent where criminals roam freely.

  • Thanks for the observation Hiram. Do you know what a skill game parlor is?

  • Redleg6 I agree with you. You should get out more, maybe make some friends. You appear to spend allot of your time posting and complaining about some really trivial issues.

  • I need to get out more, What is a Skill Game Parlor?