October 25, 2014

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Dozens of computers seized when Brunswick Internet cafe is raided

BRUNSWICK — Police raided an Internet cafe Thursday morning and took between 80 and 100 computers they said may have been used for illegal gambling.

According to a news release, Brunswick police executed a search warrant at the Lucky Penny, 1785 Pearl Road. No arrests were made.

A piece of evidence seized from the Lucky Penny on Wednesday morning is shown. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A piece of evidence seized from the Lucky Penny on Wednesday morning is shown. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Police spokesman Nick Solar said the business closed last year after Ohio passed legislation outlawing most Internet cafes, but it reopened sometime in March.

Solar said the Lucky Penny, owned by Stephen Csach, of Medina, had been under investigation for about a month.

He said he could not comment on whether charges are pending against Csach because police are still reviewing the evidence collected.

A phone message left for Csach was not returned Wednesday afternoon.

Internet cafes struggled to remain open last year after a round of state regulations banned cash prizes and limited prize values.

In a 2013 interview with The Gazette, Csach said his establishment provided entertainment for senior citizens who don’t have many other recreational opportunities.

“We have customers that come in regularly just to get out of the house and hang out with new people,” he said.