A 71-year-old Bridgeville businessman is accused of supplying illegal gambling machines to several bars and restaurants in Kent and Sussex counties.
Thomas O. Jefferson was arrested at his home in the 300 block of Market Street on Friday after police searched his residence and Timmons Amusements, his coin-operated gaming supply business at 206 S. Cannon St., also in Bridgeville.
Officers with the state Divisions of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (DATE) and Gaming Enforcement seized evidence during those searches that appears to show Jefferson was supplying the gambling machines to various alcohol-licensed establishments and sharing in the profits generated by the illegal devices, according to Kimberly Chandler, a spokeswoman for the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security.
Officers also seized $138,527 in cash, Chandler said in a release issued Saturday.
Using information from the seized records, officers then conducted raids at three other locations and seized a total of nine illegal gambling machines.
Chandler declined to identify the three locations where the illegal gambling machines were discovered.
She also declined to say whether the raids or Jefferson’s arrest are related to the March 2 arrest of James F. Daley, the 55-year-old owner of The Sports Nut Restaurant & Pub in Delmar, where DATE seized four illegal gambling machines last week. Daley is charged with possession of a gambling device and providing a premises for gambling.
“The investigation is ongoing and I cannot provide any further information at this time,” Chandler said.
Jefferson is charged with distribution of gambling devices and being concerned in interest in keeping a gambling device.
He has since been released on a $400 unsecured bond, pending a future court appearance, Chandler said.
According to Timmons Amusements’ website, the business is family owned and operated and has been “providing quality coin operated arcade games, prize cranes, pool tables and jukeboxes to business establishments on Delmarva since 1946.”