A Brief Look at Crime 05/25 – 5/31

Hundreds Of Birds Seized From Illegal Cockfighting Ring Operating In Dublin

Hundreds of animals were seized from an illegal cockfighting ring in the East Bay. At least 600 birds were found at a rural property in Dublin. Investigators said this was a large scale operation. Some of the participants were cited and released but now detectives are searching for the organizers of the cockfighting ring. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department acted on a tip and ended up seizing 600 birds, including 200 incubating eggs. Many of the birds kept in small pens. 

On top of animal cruelty, Sgt. Ray Kelly with Alameda County Sherriff’s Dept. says there will be other charges. “We are looking at illegal gambling, money laundering and it could go in a whole variety of directions these days,” said Sgt. Kelly. More than 50 people were gathered inside an outbuilding on the rural property along Dublin Canyon Road. When officers arrived dozens ran off into the wooded area. “We are very upset about it,” said Kelly. “We did find some deceased birds at the location and we saw birds there that already been involved in some of the fights that had significant injuries. They end up putting these medical blades like talons on the feet of the birds and then they go and inject them with hormones and other drugs, and then they have these fights.’

Gambling addicted lawyer who ripped off 96-year-old woman to feed habit gets no mercy from U.S. court

A lawyer and former federal agent convicted of draining a disabled 96-year-old woman’s life savings to finance his gambling addiction deserves no break on his prison term just because he paid some of that money back, a U.S. appeals court has ruled. The failure of disgraced attorney John K. Conner’s appeal means he’s stuck with a 46-month federal prison term and remains on the hook for more than $80,000 in restitution. Conner, a former agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who practiced law in Philadelphia, ripped off the victim after being given power of attorney to manage her finances in 2016, Judge Joseph A. Greenaway noted in the opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. Investigators used that access to withdraw money from the woman’s accounts at casinos. The fraud was so expansive that checks to the woman’s health care providers bounced, her electricity was shut off for nonpayment and she almost lost her public water service, Greenaway wrote.

Police enforcing social distancing bust illegal social club operating

An illegal social club offering gambling and drugs, operating out of a closed deli in Brooklyn, was busted by police officers enforcing social distancing. Police discovered the club on Classon Avenue while investigating a possible burglary in the area on Wednesday morning. Four people were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a loaded firearm, criminal possession of marijuana above 16 ounces, criminal possession of controlled substance (cocaine,) promoting gambling, criminal nuisance, and local law violations. Officers seized $57,000 in cash, narcotics, and three illegal guns that were on ice.

North East woman charged with stealing and gambling away nearly $300,000 

Pennsylvania State Police have charged a North East woman with stealing nearly $300,000 from another woman and gambling most of the money away. State Police first took notice of the spending in February of last year but police allege the incidents dated back to between October 2017 and June 2018. Much of the money was lost at Presque Isle Downs and Casino. 45-year old Crystal Dorman is charged with getting control of two bank accounts owned by another woman living with Dorman and her boyfriend. The money was removed through checks written by Dorman and her boyfriend.

40 people cited for illegal gambling and social distancing violation after 8-liner bust

Forty people are detained after an 8-liner bust on the South Side, according to San Antonio police. Authorities were initially called around 9 p.m. to a residence in the 700 block of Grosvenor Street Saturday night with a report of a man that was shot by his uncle. However, after arriving on scene, officers determined no shooting had occurred and no one was injured. After going inside the residence, authorities found 40 people using 40 8-liners. Officials issued citations to all 40 people for violating the city’s ordinance for social distancing and for illegal gambling. Details are limited and the investigation is still ongoing.

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