The Assin South District Police command in collaboration with the Assin South district Assembly have seized 25 jackpot machines being operated by Chinese nationals.
The machines, according to the district police commander, ASP Okyere Andam have created a situation whereby some school children in the area have taken to petty stealing and absenteeism.
He noted the jackpot is to blame for the recent increase in cases of petty crime in the area as scores of parents complained about upsurge of petty thievery fueled by the temptation of young people to make quick cash.
He further explained that the manner of their operations were in contravention of section 48 of the Gaming Act 2006, (Act 721).
The Commander who was not happy with the trends gave his last warning saying the line had been drawn and that anyone caught with the machines again would be made to face the full rigours of the law to serve as deterrent to others.
The District Commander promised to intensify and sustain the exercise as Christmas inches in to rid the area of the increasing child-gambling activities, adding that the rampant cases of gambling among school-going teens, if not addressed, could degenerate into a social crisis.
He therefore urged the owners to have identifiable office, a service mark, logo registered with the registrar general among others to operate.
Listen to the police
Meanwhile, the Assin South DCE, Derick Owusu Ambrose stated emphatically that none of operators had registered with the Assembly and issued a letter of authorization to operate.
He warned all operators of such facilities to voluntarily destroy them or seize operation before the law catches up with them, and added that the law was no respecter of persons.