Three Lake County bars were charged by Indiana State Excise Police with public nuisance for promoting professional gambling on the eve of Super Bowl XLVIII.
Bridges' Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar, 121 N. Griffith Blvd., was cited Saturday. According to a news release from the excise police, officers seized $53,750 from the bar and other evidence of gambling.
Kenwood Tap in 6247 Kennedy Ave., in Hammond also is facing the same charge. Excise police cited the bar Thursday and recovered $11,000, according to a news release.
In Crown Point, Gary Sportsmen Club was cited Jan. 23, when officers recovered $27,570 in gambling money, according to the release.
Excise police said the money seized was associated with bets for Sunday's Super Bowl.
Employees from Kenwood Tap and Gary Sportsmen Club declined to comment Sunday.
Officials from Bridges' Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar could not be reached for comment Sunday. On Saturday the bar posted on its Facebook page that the business would remain closed until Monday.
Moose Lodge No. 1482 in Attica also was cited as part of the crackdown on illegal gambling. The lodge in Vermillion County also was charged with hindering enforcement after a club trustee made false statements to officers, according to the news release.
The businesses also could face additional charges of professional gambling, promoting professional gambling and corrupt business influence, according to the release.
Indiana State Excise Police spokesman Cpl. Travis Thickstun did not release information about how many people had placed bets at the bars, citing the ongoing investigation.