CONCORD, NC - The owner of ConcordOverstock, Patricia Morris Newton, has been charged with possession of five or more electronic gaming machines, according to Concord Police Dept.
Police say she was taken before a magistrate and given a $10,000 bond. This is her third criminal charge for the same type of offense. A misdemeanor and felony charge were already pending in Cabarrus Co. at the time of her arrest.
A fatal shooting happened outside the business two weeks ago on Wednesday, June 1, during an attempted armed robbery of ConcordOverstock.
On Wednesday, June 15, Concord PD executed search warrants at five businesses in the city, which have been under criminal investigation for engaging in electronic internet gaming, or "sweepstakes," in violation of state law.
Investigators executed search warrants at:
- Larry’s, 410 Church Street North
- The Double Deuce, 3805 Concord Parkway North
- ConcordOverstock, 361 Union Cemetery Road
- Lucky Charms, 2454 Kannapolis Highway
- We R Blessed, 2462 Kannapolis Highway
Police say all five locations were searched simultaneously. All computer equipment related to the illegal operation of sweepstakes gaming was seized, totaling several hundred devices.
Concord Police are in the process of obtaining criminal charges for the owners of the remaining businesses that were searched Wednesday night.
"Last night was the culmination of an ongoing criminal investigation between the Concord Police Department and Cabarrus County District Attorney’s Office. Despite what the business owners will try to portray to the public, they are in the business of separating customers from their money through the use of illegal gaming devices. Such businesses have attracted violent crime and are a threat to public safety and the quality of life residents who live nearby deserve. The Concord Police Department will pursue criminal charges against other businesses in the city that operate gaming devices in violation of state law; and will consider criminal charges against those who choose to gamble inside those businesses," said Concord Police Chief Gary Gacek.