Vet/Auto Glass Shop Owner Arrested for Gambling Charges; Police
Say Business Was a Front for Gambling Hall
August 17, 2009
Auto Glass Solutions owner Eric Justice was arrested last week
for his alleged involvement in an illegal gambling hall that police
say was in operation in the back of his business in Bullitt County,
Ky., according to Hillview Police Officer Roy Raines. Justice, a
former Diamond Glass store manager, returned from a National Guard
deployment in Iraq several months ago and found that Diamond had
been sold to Safelite and he was without a job. He in turn allegedly
launched his own business, Auto Glass Solutions. (CLICK
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However, Raines says the auto glass business was merely a front
for the gambling business.
"There were no windshields," Raines told glassBYTEs.com/AGRR
magazine today. "There were no tools, no anything. The
name [of the business] has already been scraped off the door."
The police discovered the gambling operation one night by accident,
"An officer happened to see two men leaving the building one
night and he went to make sure the building was secure," Raines
said. "He walked back there and they were playing cards."
At that point, there were only five people involved, Raines says,
but the police department received more information on the operation
later and obtained a search warrant.
"They had two slot machines and five Texas Hold 'Em Tables,
and five to six people could sit at each table," Raines says.
Justice, who was charged with possession of gambling records, promoting
gambling, possession of gambling devices and conspiracy to promote
gambling, spent one night in jail and posted bail the next morning,
according to Raines.
glassBYTEs.com/AGRR magazine attempted to reach Justice
by phone at the number for Auto Glass Solutions and was told he
was unavailable, and that he would be the best person to comment
on the gambling allegations. Neither the calls nor an e-mail to
Justice had been returned at press time.
In a follow-up e-mail interview about how his start-up business
was doing, just two weeks ago, Justice advised glassBYTEs.com/AGRR
magazine that business was "going steady."
"It has been a hard start, but it is going steady," said
Justice in an e-mail sent July 23.
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