Tex. men pose as police, steal poker machines


Steve Thompson
The Dallas Morning News 

NORTH TEXAS — Two men posing as police officers have stolen gaming machines from convenience stores across North Texas. They walked into stores, told clerks the machines were illegal and pretended to confiscate them, police say.

Dallas police filed a theft charge against one of the suspects in the scheme on Tuesday night but have asked that his name be withheld to avoid jeopardizing the ongoing investigation. The man was arrested on an outstanding theft warrant out of Collin County.

John LeBlanc was working the register at the Mobil gas station at Garland Road and Lochwood Boulevard in the White Rock area when the impostors showed up on July 22. He was busy with customers when the impostors told him that because his video poker machines paid out real money, they were illegal and would be confiscated.

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