ALL NEWS

Officials raided a Roy gas station allegedly running a gambling operation

Jan 11, 2022, 9:56 AM | Updated: 10:09 am
gas station gambling...
Alleged gas station gambling operation busted by local and state law enforcement. Photo: State of Utah Office of the Attorney General

Listen Live: Richard Piatt, spokesperson for the Utah Attorney General’s office, discusses the gambling operation

ROY, Utah — After months of surveillance and an undercover investigation into an alleged gambling operation, police raided a Texaco gas station locally known as “Lil’ Wendover.”

On Monday, local and state law enforcement raided a gas station they believe ran an illegal gambling operation. They stormed into the Texaco and took hold of nearly two dozen machines described by the Office of the Attorney General as video-game style, and the cash inside of them.

Video-game style machines used in alleged gambling operation. Photo: State of Utah Office of the Attorney General

Police took the owner of the gas station into custody. They charged Neel Jagdish Patel with 20 counts of Fringe Gambling Devices, one count of money laundering, and one count of Pattern of Unlawful Activity, according to a release from the Utah Attorney General’s office.

During questioning, Patel admitted to operating the gambling devices, and that cash from the devices was mixed and deposited with everyday proceeds from the convenience store. 

gas station gambling

Cash seized from video-game style gambling machines. Photo: State of Utah Office of the Attorney General

Detective Josh Taylor with Roy Police said similar gambling rings were popular a few years ago. As legislators passed laws to make it more difficult to gamble in Utah, most gas stations got rid of their machines.

Officials said they have been watching the gas station for months. During their investigation, they sent in undercover officers to play the illicit machines. The detectives received illegal cash payment for their winnings on the gaming devices. 

Brendan Call with the Utah Attorney General’s office told KSL TV that gambling operations have consequences beyond “just gambling.” They bring in other crimes as well.  

Contributing: Jacob Rueda

Other Stories: 

Today’s Top Stories

All News

Cinnamon Creek...
Mark Jones

DWR celebrates Cinnamon Creek as its newest wildlife management area

Cinnamon Creek, on the border of Cache and Weber counties, is the newest DWR wildlife management area.
1 day ago
Missing Layton teen...
Mark Jones

Layton Police still searching for teenager missing from treatment center

Police in Layton are still seeking information on a missing teenager who disappeared from a treatment center last week.
1 day ago
ZooLights amur tiger...
Mark Jones

Utah’s Hogle Zoo expanding east side with an all-Utah species exhibit

Utah's Hogle Zoo is expanding to include an all-Utah species exhibit. The project will begin Wednesday with elected officials on hand. It is expected to be finished in sometime 2023.
1 day ago
Trump's Ma...
Kaitlan Collins, CNN, Mark Jackson

FBI executes search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, former President says

A search was executed Monday by the FBI on former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.
1 day ago
Prosecutors seek 8-year prison term for police officer involved with Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol...
MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated Press

Feds seek 8-year prison term for officer who stormed Capitol

Prosecutors say former Rocky Mount Police Sgt. Thomas Robertson used his law enforcement training to block police officers who were trying to protect the Capitol from a mob’s attack on Jan. 6, 2021.
1 day ago
FILE: Lexington Firefighters' swift water rescue teams head up overflowed Troublesome Creek to resc...
SEUNG MIN KIM, CHRIS MEGERIAN and BRUCE SCHREINER

Biden surveys flood damage in Kentucky, pledges more US help

Biden and the first lady are meeting with families and first responders in Kentucky, where at least 37 people have died after last month's deluge.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Officials raided a Roy gas station allegedly running a gambling operation