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Cops Find Casino In California Mayors Basement

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 18th January 2006 11:52am
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Sheriff's deputies found what appeared to be a small casino when they responded to a burglar alarm at the home of a former small town mayor who had served time in prison for an illegal gambling scheme, officials said.

The door was wide open when deputies arrived late Sunday at the upscale mountain home owned by Peter Werrlein, a former councilman and mayor in the city of Bell in suburban Los Angeles, said San Bernardino Sheriff's Detective James Bergandahl.

Deputies entered the house and found a 1,200-square-foot room containing seven slot machines, a mini roulette wheel, mini craps table, blackjack and poker tables, buckets of coins and several poker chips, Bergandahl said. There also was a cashier's cage and a posted "No Credit" sign.

"It looked like an illegal casino or gambling hall," Bergandahl said.

Nobody was home and there was no sign of forced entry, he said, adding that authorities believe strong winds blew open the door.



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