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Deputies: 4 charged in Henderson Co. gambling machine busts

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(L to R, top to bottom) Creed Stepp, Nicholas Peterson, Sharon Bridges and Jimmie Franklin. (Source: Henderson Co. Sheriff's Office) (L to R, top to bottom) Creed Stepp, Nicholas Peterson, Sharon Bridges and Jimmie Franklin. (Source: Henderson Co. Sheriff's Office)
HENDERSONVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The Henderson County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of four people after search warrants were executed at local businesses over the past month.

The sheriff's office said the search warrants turned up illegal gambling machines at Tarheel Lanes, the Tobacco Outlet and the Pool Room.

On March 26, Nicholas Peterson, 66, and Creed Stepp Sr., 54, were each charged with one felony count of operation of five or more video gaming machines and one misdemeanor count of gambling in connection with the bust at Tarheel Lanes, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies said one machine was in plain view while the others were located in a private room off of the bowling alley. They said they seized five machines and almost $7,000 in cash from the business.

On April 17, the search of the Tobacco Outlet led to the arrest of the owner Sharon Bridges, 59, of Saluda. Deputies said Bridges was charged with one felony count of operating five or more video game machines. Seven machines were seized in two rooms, deputies said.

According to the sheriff's office, a password had to be given to a clerk to gain access to the rooms with the machines.

The search of the Pool Room led to deputies seizing eight video gaming machines and more than $3,000 in cash on April 17, according to the sheriff's office. Deputies said two of the machines were in plain view, while the rest were located in a private room within the business. 

The owner, 52-year-old Jimmie Franklin, of Easley, was charged with one felony count of operation of five or more video gaming machines and one misdemeanor count of gambling, deputies said.

The Henderson County Sheriff's Office said the investigation into other locations with the machines throughout the county is continuing.

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