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Liquor house raid reveals stolen property, gambling operation

The home on Gordon Avenue. The home on Gordon Avenue.
The home on Cedar Avenue. The home on Cedar Avenue.
Some of the stolen property that was seized. Some of the stolen property that was seized.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Police raided an illegal liquor and gambling operation over the weekend, making one arrest.

Two search warrants helped uncover the operation at one house, and hordes of stolen property at another.

John Anderson, 54, is charged with running an illegal gambling and liquor operation out of a home on Cedar Avenue.

Investigators loaded a trailer full of stolen property from the raid Monday morning, including major appliances, lawn mowers, and other equipment.

"From what the investigation showed, the suspect was taking different items from anybody who wanted to sell it in payment for gambling debts or whatever. He was just buying stolen property and storing it here," explained Deputy Chief Mark Scott with Albany Police.

Officers said they had received a number of complaints from residents on Cedar Avenue and others about the activity at the home.

Police took action Sunday night and served two search warrants, seizing alcohol, cash, and property.

But the investigation began months earlier when the complaints were just beginning.

"We started a surveillance operation about four months ago, watching and monitoring the activity," said Albany Police Deputy Chief Mark Scott.

The other search warrant, at Anderson's home on West Gordon Avenue, uncovered the suspected stolen property, including a pickup truck.

Investigators plan to sort through all of the seized property to find out who it belongs to.

In all, Anderson was charged with commercial gambling, illegal sale of alcohol, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, maintaining a disorderly house, financial transaction card fraud, and possession of an altered firearm.

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