Riverside County Sheriff's deputies accidentally discovered an illegal gambling den in the mountain community of Running Springs after responding to a burglar alarm and finding the front door blown open by gale force winds.
The door was wide open when deputies arrived late Sunday at the upscale mountain home owned by Peter Werrlein, a former councilman and mayor in the city of Bell in suburban Los Angeles, said San Bernardino Sheriff's Detective James Bergandahl.
Deputies entered the house and found a 1,200-square-foot room containing seven slot machines, a mini roulette wheel, mini craps table, blackjack and poker tables, buckets of coins and several poker chips, Bergandahl said. There also was a cashier's cage and a posted No Credit sign.
It looked like an illegal casino or gambling hall, Bergandahl said.
Lessee here, if you stop in at the 7-11 store in Running Springs you can buy a state lottery ticket, and that's ok. On your way down the mountain from Running Springs you could stop in and play the same slots at the San Manuel Indian Casino, and that's also ok. Is this picture a little out of kilter?
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