2,000+ bingo machines stored in Greene Co.

Pictured with some of the bingo machines stored at the Poole warehouse are L-R Greene County deputies Jeremy Rancher and Jimmie Benison; Greene Co. Sheriff Joe Benison and Assistant Eutaw Police Chief Luther Davis.

Over 2,000 electronic bingo-type machines were discovered stored at the former Hasson-Poole warehouse properties on Wilson Ave. in Eutaw on March 19.
According to local law enforcement officers, the driver of a transfer truck was stopped by a deputy sheriff on Finches Ferry Road late Saturday morning when the driver was seemingly lost. The truck driver indicated that he was trying to find a warehouse location to pick up some machines. The driver identified Poole’s warehouse as the property housing the machines.
The officers accompanied the truck to the Poole site and discovered the 2,000 plus bingo machines which, upon closer examination, did not contain servers or software. These machines were not operative as stored.
The trucker was allowed to load his capacity of 108 machines on the transfer vehicle and proceed to drive these out of state. The city and county law enforcement officers present indicated that Jimmie Poole informed them that his facility was leased out one year ago as storage for the machines. No official information has been released to date on the origins of the bingo-typed machines or the identity of the person or company leasing the Poole properties. A source indicated that the machines must be moved out of state within 60 days.
Apparently Eutaw City officials were aware that the Hasson-Poole warehouse was being leased to house the unused bingo machines.
Neither Davis nor Sheriff Benison could be reached for comment. However, informed sources told the Democrat that the mere storage of inoperable electronic bingo machines does not constitute a crime.


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