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Thieves target fruit machines at arcades in Lincolnshire

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: September 18, 2012

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AMUSEMENT arcade operators on the coast are being urged to be vigilant following several reports of machine tampering.

Lincolnshire Police have received reports of a machine called Skill Balls Bingo or Skill Balls Deluxe being broken into using a screwdriver.

As a result the offenders have gained entry to the front of the machines before reaching in and bending the 'hopper' lids up and removing the cash inside.

In a second incident, involving a touch-screen style games machine, offenders were targeting IPUB machines through unknown means, possibly with a mobile phone, and getting them to pay jackpots repeatedly.

The group involved are described as being aged between 20 and 25.

The description of the first of three suspected group members was of a white male of slim build, wearing red/maroon jeans and red/maroon t-shirt which had a white picture on the front.

He was around six-feet tall, with shaved fair hair and a prominent scar on his right inner forearm.

The second suspect was an olive-skinned male, medium build, with black hair who walked with a limp.

The third suspect was a white female who was around five-feet tall and of stocky/fat build with long black hair down to the middle of her back.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call PC Nick Anderson on 101.

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  • Roadscource  |  September 20 2012, 1:34PM

    "with a mobile phone, and getting them to pay jackpots repeatedly" Why is this a Police matter? Just switch the machine off, leave it switched off, crimewave over leaving the Police to do something more worthwhile.

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  • MavisEnderby  |  September 19 2012, 10:02PM

    Hope the thieving scum get caught, but I can't help but think the boot is usually on the other foot, with the 'punters' being legally 'mugged' by the fruit machines. I'm sure there's some irony in there somewhere ☺

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  • yogi71  |  September 19 2012, 9:16PM

    well theres no getting away from it and whats the point in being polite, If shes fat then shes fat, thats probaly why she needed to rob the machines in order to feed her fat face...........

  • redimp24  |  September 19 2012, 8:34AM

    Are they allowed to describe the female suspect as stocky/fat?

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  • Lincoln_Biker  |  September 18 2012, 4:40PM

    I like the Skill Ball Bingo game in SkegVegas. Silly me, I always use pound coins instead of screwdrivers. No wonder they never pay out when I play on them.

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