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      Officials announce the seizure of a dozen illegal gambling machines

      A dozen illegal gambling machines have been seized by Columbia Police Department

      COLUMBIA (WACH) â?? Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago announced the seizure of a dozen illegal gambling machines and the arrest of a man accused of operating a gaming house after a Crimestoppers tip received by the Columbia Police Department.

      Herman Creech,64, was arrested and charged with Gambling/Keeping Gaming House.

      The machines were discovered by North Regionâ??s Special Operations group inside a residence located at 4715 Norman Street at approximately 3PM on September 24.

      Officers seized the machines, more than $2500, and two ledgers during the investigation.

      Three additional people were allegedly playing the gaming machines.

      Yvonne Dianne Roberts ,57, Phillip Nelson ,66, Thelma Elizabeth Star ,57, were given a citation, per city ordinance for Gambling.

      If citizens have information about illegal gambling activity Chief Santiago encourages them to call, text, or submit online their anonymous tip to Crimestoppers in any of the following ways:

      Call Toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC, Text CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with â??TIPSCâ??, following with the tip information, or Log onto , and click on the red â??Submit a tipâ?? tab.