Deputies seized numerous illegal gambling machines from three separate businesses across San Jacinto, sheriff's officials said Saturday.
Authorities were initially tipped off to the machines when they noticed that there was an increase in transient activity near these businesses, according to Riverside County Sheriff's Sgt. Julio Olguin.
After some sleuthing, investigators determined that the business owners were running an illegal gambling operation using video slot machines, Olguin said.
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On Friday, after consulting with the Bureau of Gambling Control, deputies seized a total of six gambling machines from the three establishments.
The business owners, who were not named, are expected to be charged with felony unlawful bookmaking/wagering, Olguin said.
Sheriff's officials did not say if the three alleged illegal gambling operations were connected.