A man Columbus police say was operating a back-room gambling operation in a Buena Vista Road shopping center has been indicted.
Ronnie Lockhart, 61, was indicted by a Muscogee County grand jury on Tuesday.
According to police, Lockhart was arrested July 25 after officers went to Vista Park Center, 1105 Buena Vista Road, to check on a burglary alarm.
As officers checked the businesses at the shopping center, they went through white double doors and stumbled upon 11 machines with around $2,000 inside them, police said.
The machines were seized. While the money inside them can be seized through the courts, the machines themselves must be destroyed, Capt. Gil Slouchick said.
Lockhart made his $3,195 bonds a day after his arrest.