Two men charged in Harford in probe of sports gambling ring

November 14, 2003|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A seven-month investigation into a sports book gambling ring, whose operation spanned three counties and handled at least $100,000 each week, brought arrests yesterday afternoon of two men and confiscation of cash, betting records and vehicles, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said.

Charged in warrants with multiple violations of state gambling laws were Bruce Davison, 36, of the first block of Lockhart Circle, Forest Hill, and Stephen Hendrickson, 52, of the 200 block of Fox Hall Drive, Bel Air.

Other arrests are expected, authorities said.

Davison, who was arrested on his way home, was described as the head of the gambling enterprise that included Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Harford counties, said Lt. Edward Hopkins, the sheriff's spokesman. Hendrickson, who was arrested at his home, took bets or collected money, police said.

The operation handled thousands of dollars each day and included nearly every sport -- professional and college, Hopkins said. "The busiest time was professional and college football season."

Davison and Hendrickson were being held at the Harford County Detention Center in Bel Air, pending bail hearings, Hopkins said.

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