San Diego police are investigating alleged illegal gambling in Paradise Hills.
Undercover detectives raided Neighbor Korner Market Monday night. They discovered three electronic gaming machines inside the convenience store and car wash.
Residents that knew of the alleged gaming operation were glad to see the machines go.
“You never know. When there is bad things around, bad things happen,” resident Brian Hackner said.
Hackner has lived on Potomac Street his entire adult life. He said the machines have attracted the wrong crowd.
“People I see in there gambling, I have never seen in this neighborhood before,” Hackner said.
Around the corner at Big Time Market, owner Saher Daud said the machines have caused him to lose business. With the temptation of gambling so close, even his regulars sometimes chose the Korner store over his.
The Neighbor Korner Market was open normal hours Tuesday, but no one from the store would comment on the matter.
It’s unclear if Monday’s raid was part of a larger investigation. There haven't been any arrests or charges filed in connection with operating the machines.
Regardless, Hackner said he’s pleased to see the corner cleaning up.
“I can have my mom go through there and not have to worry about anything happening,” he said.