2 arrested in grocery-store gambling raid

Aurel Bonhomme, 70, and Jean Celestin, 51, were arrested for allegedly taking illegal bets.

Aurel Bonhomme, 70, and Jean Celestin, 51, were arrested for allegedly taking illegal bets.

Aurel Bonhomme, 70, and Jean Celestin, 51, were arrested for allegedly taking illegal bets. (7/15/15)

NEW CASSEL - Most people go to grocery stores for food, but police say an illegal gambling ring was occurring at a New Cassel grocery store.

Aurel Bonhomme, 70, and Jean Celestin, 51, were arrested for allegedly taking illegal bets after authorities raided Rose Grocery on Prospect Avenue last week. Celestin owns the store, according to police. He now faces charges of possession of gambling records and promoting gambling.

Bonhomme is charged with conspiracy.

Authorities say they found about 50 cases of untaxed rum from Haiti and about $30,000 in cash during the raid.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

The committee that oversees Nassau's bus system voted 1 Committee votes against NICE Bus service cuts
A public hearing will be held about the 2 Hempstead IDA announces public hearing on mall tax break
In this Feb. 20, 2012 photo, U.S. Sen. 3 Former astronaut, US Sen. John Glenn of Ohio has died at 95
Building condos on the Indian Hills Country Club 4 Residents debate Fort Salonga housing proposal
Daniel Flowers is described by his family as 5 Police search for suspect in deadly Hempstead shooting

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Need help this holiday season? We've got you Holiday Help Series

Need a gift idea? Perhaps you need a fun idea to do with the kids?

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE