A video game store in Southern California is in a bit of a bind.
Its stock and vehicles have been confiscated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and its cash is in an illegal holding account.
The Santa Clarita Police Department told ABC News that they raided the store on April 23, 2017, and seized $2,000 worth of video game merchandise and equipment, including $5,000 in cash.
The cash was then transferred to the department, which then handed it over to the Santa Claritas City Attorney’s Office, which is handling the case.ABC News obtained the store’s business license, which shows that the owner, Brian Jones, owns a small video game shop in Santa Claritans South Pasadena neighborhood called Video Game Station.
But that doesn’t explain why he would have any video game inventory on his premises, let alone the $15,000 cash.
On Tuesday, Jones’ attorney, David S. Smith, said in a statement to ABC News: “I have never been charged with any crime and am not in possession of any video games.”
The store is a small, family-run business, and the only employee was an employee who worked at the store for the last five years.
Smith said Jones was “not the sole owner” of the business, though that he had worked there for about a year and a half.
He said that the video game items seized by police were “in compliance with state and federal laws,” and the money would be returned to the owner.
Smith said the store “has no prior record of criminal activity, no history of violent conduct, no previous charges in the state, no past violations of any state laws.”
The Santa Clariatas City Attorney, who also represents Jones, declined to comment on the investigation.ABC’s Michael Fenton reported from Santa Claridad, California.