Shell Game swindlers busted in LA

Got an email early this morning from a shell game worker in LA.

The city’s street swindlers are buzzing with the news that one the more popular shell game groups has been shut down by police and it’s eight members have been arrested.

Usually, its very hard for police to catch groups because their networks of look outs means they will quickly vanish into the crowd before police get close.

Not only that, but local businesses get kick backs from the swindlers, meaning the seldom report the crime.

Juan Arroyo was the ringleader of the group, employing Santana Valencia and Adrian Sanchez as his tossers (the guys who actually play the game.

It looks like the police are finally making a move to shut down the street game.

5 Comments to

“Shell Game swindlers busted in LA”

  1. On December 10th, 2009 at 10:41 am CHEEESE! Says:

    You hang around with some dodgy dodgy people Mr Johnson

  2. On December 17th, 2009 at 11:07 am cdan Says:

    Great video. It looks like the policeman was doing the moves himself. Would the “enforcer” actually carry a knife like he said?

  3. On December 17th, 2009 at 11:09 am mtpascoe Says:

    Years ago I saw a Three Card Monte game on Hollywood Blvd. The guy had an enforcer with him… a big burly guy that looked like Mr. T. The operator was horrible and was caught many times. But, like the cop said, they control the game and the enforcer stepped in when someone got persistent. (Oh, and by the way, he did make money off of his marks).

  4. On December 17th, 2009 at 11:11 am DaveV Says:

    I think the fact that he was bad and was caught on several occasions just led to more marks trying their hand at what they thought was a “sure thing.”

  5. On December 17th, 2009 at 11:15 am mtpascoe Says:

    True, but when one mark caught him doing a bad Mexican Turnover, the mark just stopped betting and so did the others. The operator picked up his cards and went to another spot.

    [Mexican Turnover: A tasty pastry that changes when picked up]

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