Columbus crime: Several men charged with gambling at Columbus Civic Center

Several men were charged with gambling at the Columbus Civic Center Saturday afternoon.

Columbus Police Officer Travis Spencer was flagged down around 2 p.m. by people attending the Fort Valley State University - Albany State University football game, reports state. He was told about a group of men “scamming” people out of their cash.

Spencer walked over to the area and saw a group circled around someone in the Civic Center’s parking lot. The officer discovered that the man, later identified as Andre Bernard, 35, had set up an area to gamble, reports show.

Records state that the shell game and a card game was being played.

Bernard, Kenneth Timbers, 51, and Wanza Harris, 37, all of Columbus, were arrested and charged with commercial gambling, records state.Dwayne Norwood, 47, of Decatur, Ga., and Mark Smith, 46, of Atlanta, were also charged with gambling, reports state. One witness told an officer that Anthony had won $100 from him.