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Brash robbers target video slots

SUWANEE - Two bandits bypassed the cash register for a pair of video slot machines at a Suwanee gas station Sunday, leaving with hundreds of dollars after prying open the games, police said.

The crooks entered a Chevron station on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road near Interstate 85 just after midnight, armed with a metal bar. They bee-lined for the gambling machines, pried one open and fled, a clerk told police.

The clerk, who hid behind protective glass, managed to record video of the heist with his cell phone. He estimates the robbers left with $300. They tried to pry open the second machine but were unsuccessful, according to a Suwanee police report.

The clerk described the robbers as two black men. They were last seen heading east of the store on foot. No arrests have been made.

A responding officer determined the machines appeared to be legal according to Georgia code. They are owned by a company called All Star Inc., not the Chevron station, the clerk said.

"The issue of (the machine's) legality is much debated," said Suwanee police spokesman Capt. Clyde Byers. "As far as we're concerned, it's part of our ongoing investigation."

The officer released the machines back to the clerk and told him to forward the cell-phone images to a police investigator.

The store's video surveillance system had been malfunctioning for a few weeks and did not record the incident, the clerk said.