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Laundromat owner charged after police allegedly find gambling machines

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Dennis Mcgrath. Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department. Dennis Mcgrath. Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The owner of a Myrtle Beach laundromat was charged by police Monday after they allegedly discovered two gaming machines were being used for gambling last week, according to Myrtle Beach Police reports.

A woman contacted Myrtle Beach Police Department and told them the owner of Myrtle Beach Laundry, identified in the police report as 64-year-old Dennis Mcgrath, was operating poker machines that could toggle back and forth between legal games and illegal gambling machines.

Officers entered the business at 612 South Kings Highway Thursday and found three "table top video type machines," the report states. Mcgrath switched two of the machines to a different set of games, the officer inserted a $10 bill, and started playing a simulated card game. After several plays, the officer asked Mcgrath to cash out, and he gave the officer his winnings from a bank bag kept in the office.

The officers identified themselves as law enforcement, and told Mcgrath the two gaming machines and money exchanged were in violation of South Carolina law, according to the police report. The machines and related cash were seized and taken as evidence.

Mcgrath was the only employee at the laundromat, which had several customers at the time, so officers said a warrant was being issued against him for operating a gaming house. The officers advised Mcgrath to turn himself in to the Myrtle Beach jail.

On Monday, Mcgrath was charged with two counts of gambling / person playing at a gaming house.

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