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Four arrested in Boise gambling operation

Four arrested in Boise gambling operation

By Steve Bertel. CREATED Jul 17, 2013

Boise Police arrested four people Tuesday night after following up on citizen complaints of illegal gambling activity.

"We heard from people who live and work near these locations who had strong feelings illegal activity was happening, and they didn't want to be near it or associated with it," said Sgt. Mike Harrington of the Boise Police Vice-Narcotics Unit.

Arrested were David A. Deboer, 32, Meridian; Jo Anne Lough, 60, Boise; Timothy J. Lough, 59, Boise; and Travis J. Lough, 33, Boise. All are charged with misdemeanor gambling.

“Boise Police began receiving tips about possible illegal gambling operations at two locations about one month ago. The citizen tips and complaints came in through various sources including Crime Stoppers,” said Boise Police Department spokesperson Lynn Hightower.

Members of the Boise Police Vice-Narcotics Unit served search warrants on two locations; one in the 4400 block of W. Emerald Street and another in the 4700 block.

Although both locations are leased office spaces on W. Emerald, officers do not believe the two operations are connected, Hightower said.

Inside the operations, officers say they found poker tables, chips, cards, and ongoing poker games where the facilitator accepted cash for poker chips in an apparent for-profit gambling operation. Several people participating in the games were cited and released on misdemeanor gambling charges.

Deboer was arrested at the 4700 block of W. Emerald location. Three members of the Lough family -- a husband, wife and son -- were arrested at the 4400 block of W. Emerald location. Officers said they have evidence the four were running the illegal games.

Officers also say the investigation into other possible locations where illegal gambling may be occurring is ongoing.

Anyone with information on illegal activity can call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.