Illegal game of chance a bad bet

Illegal game of chance broken up in Dayton
Illegal game of chance broken up in Dayton. (Photo/Brooke Moore)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – What looked like a makeshift carnival game on the side of the road turned out to be an elaborate effort to steal your money.

Dayton police say two brothers, James and Jason Locke, stole coats and other items from the Love’s Travel Center in Dayton then set up a game of chance at the Shell Station at Main and Stewart streets Friday afternoon.

An off duty police officer was first to report the carnival game after he recognized the stolen coats.

Police say they would convince someone to pay to play the game, but the player would not win a prize. The prize you supposedly would win depended on how much money you paid them.

Illegal game of chance in Dayton.  (WDTN Photo/Brooke Moore)
Illegal game of chance in Dayton. (WDTN Photo/Brooke Moore)

Police say the brothers admitted to setting up their carnival game from Florida to Ohio.

The Lockes are under arrest and booked into the Montgomery County Jail. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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