• 72°

Sheriff’s office raids Granite Quarry Arcade for illegal gambling

By Liz Moomey


GRANITE QUARRY — Following an investigation, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday raided the Granite Quarry Arcade for illegal gambling.

At the Granite Quarry Arcade, 304 North Salisbury GQ Ave., deputies reportedly found 43 server-based gaming machines, operating with monitors and a mouse at the terminals. Ten customers were actively gambling during the execution of a search warrant.

The Salisbury Police Department, Mocksville Police Department, Granite Quarry-Faith Police Department and the Davie County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the raid.

The sheriff’s office seized $4,413 in cash, 43 computer towers related to the operation of the gaming equipment, and other computer equipment connected to the point of sale window and the surveillance system at the location.

The investigation showed the Granite Quarry operation had been ongoing since July and was owned by an individual with an address of 1910 Highway 66 South, Kernersville, which was another arcade business, known as The Fruit Stand.

The manager working the location told sheriff’s deputies that employees were being paid in cash, did not know the identity of the person that owned the business and that it was a gambling establishment, according to a news release.

The manager further acknowledged that winnings were being paid out in cash, as much as $2,000 at one time, a news release said.

In January, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office began notifying operators of what it called “illegal gambling casinos,” that were operating under the guise of arcades, that the sheriff’s office would begin enforcement of North Carolina Law. Operators were specifically told the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office intended to “vigorously enforce the laws of the State of North Carolina, as they pertained to illegal gambling, which included sweepstakes, fish games and the like.”

The sheriff’s office said in recent years it has received multiple complaints from the public, law enforcement partners and city and county planning and zoning officials about the arcades.

The sheriff’s office alleges the businesses have been “a magnet for crime,” including illegal possession of firearms, violations of the North Carolina Private Protective Services Act, drug trafficking, robbery and murder.

The arcades in the letter sent early this year were told to cease operation by Jan. 20 or risk consequences that include arrest, seizure of equipment and profits from their illegal businesses. According to the sheriff’s office, some businesses ceased operations, some remained open and others briefly closed to later reopen.

The Granite Quarry investigation is ongoing, and the sheriff’s office said charges are expected. 



Commissioners approve incentive agreement for ‘I-85 Commerce Center’ on Webb Road


State Employees Credit Union commits $1.5 million to new Partners in Learning center


Salisbury council to discuss grant for thermal cameras, reconsider rezoning for future Goodwill store


Early voting for 2021 municipal elections begin Oct. 14


COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu


US officials defend expulsion of Haitians from Texas town


Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11


Seven new COVID-19 fatalities bring September death toll to 27


New ambulance company moves into Rowan County, filling need as COVID hospitalizations remain high


Blotter: Woman’s car shot several times on Pinehurst Street in Salisbury


Blotter: Sept. 19


Search for Gabby Petito boyfriend continues after body found

Ask Us

Ask Us: What companies does RSS use for instructional materials, textbooks?


US launches mass expulsion of Haitian migrants from Texas


In lieu of annual festival, New Sarum turns Cheerwine beer release into celebration


RSS says federal money won’t be long-term solution for staff pay

China Grove

Main Street Marketplace combines local ingredients, community with farm-to-table dinner


Business roundup: New managing director takes helm at Piedmont Players Theatre


COVID-19 cases continue decline as week brings 12 new deaths


Letter: Privileged to work where artists are valued

Brincefield Cartoons

Mook’s Place: COVID-19


Library notes: New podcast coming in October


In ‘This is Salisbury,’ Manier paints people who make city a better place to live


Stokes earns best in show at Carolina Artists Guild’s Expo