A Laurinburg police sergeant has resigned after being arrested in a large-scale gambling raid in Richmond County that resulted in the arrest of nearly 30 people.
Sgt. Robert Eugene Carlisle, Jr., 43, was arrested on July 26 and issued a citation for gambling as part of a joint law enforcement effort to bring down several illicit gambling and sweepstakes businesses across Richmond County.
According to Laurinburg City Manager Charles Nichols, the city accepted Carlisle’s resignation on July 31.
“All we can really say legally is that he resigned from the City of Laurinburg,” Nichols said on Wednesday.
While Carlisle will receive the retirement savings he accrued while on the job, it is unclear whether he is eligible for continued contributions to his retirement fund from the city.
“If an employee resigns or is terminated, they are still due money that they have earned in their retirement to that point. (If someone is terminated with cause), the city would no longer contribute to their retirement from that point on,” Nichols said.
Citing personnel privacy restrictions, Nichols would not say whether the city will continue to contribute to Carlisle’s retirement.
Former interim Laurinburg Police Chief Kimothy Monroe, who was officially still in office when the arrest and resignation occurred said that he had no knowledge of the incident. New Chief Darwin Williams was sworn in on Aug. 1.
Williams did not return calls to his office for comment on the resignation.
The Laurinburg City Council recognized Carlisle for “a job well done in the apprehension of” dangerous felons in December 2008 after he and then-Lt. Darwin Williams chased and captured suspects in a robbery at the Big Lots department store.
Carlisle was arrested during a crackdown on Internet gaming locations, or sweepstakes, like the ones shut down by Laurinburg police earlier this year after a January ruling by the NC Supreme Court stating that the Internet gaming machines were illegal to play. Prior to that ruling, the gaming industry was booming throughout the state, including many locations in Richmond and Scotland counties.
“This is still an ongoing investigation, because now people will be running them out of their houses and out buildings and we’ll continue working all leads that come in,” said Richmond County Sheriff James E. Clemmons, Jr.
The sheriff’s office was joined by the Rockingham Police Department, the Hamlet Police Department and the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency in executing 12 search warrants during the July 26 action that resulted in Carlisle’s arrest.
“There were many locations that we had to investigate which took a considerable amount of time and planning,” said Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly.
Included among the gambling businesses busted were the JB Business Center, the J&W Business Center and Lucy’s Internet Café.
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