Va. man, girlfriend charged for running illegal nightclub inside a home
PETERSBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Police found over 20 people inside a Petersburg home, discovered to be a nightclub known as "Side Pocket".
WTVR reports officers of the Alcohol Beverage Control, Virginia State Police and the Petersburg Bureau of Police executed a search warrant in connection to illegal alcohol sales taking place from an unlicensed establishment.
The search took place on June 2 in the 1600 block of Montpelier Road.
In addition to illegal alcohol sales, police said strippers were performing in the basement and food was being sold, along with other suspected illegal activity.
According to officials, the "Side Pocket" was a popular members-only club for Virginia State University students and the partying rarely started before 2 a.m.
“This type of activity will not be tolerated in the City of Petersburg. The Petersburg Bureau will utilize all resources available to remove this type of activity from our communities,” Lieutenant Emanuel Chambliss with the Petersburg Police Department said.
Glen Chaney, the person who ran the club, said he got a DUI in 2010, and started drinking at home along with his friends. From there, he began to charge his friends for the alcohol.
"If I was wrong to charge them for alcohol, I understand that," Chaney said.
Neighbors said it was a shock to have this going on in their neighborhood.
However, some said that the owners of the home were nice and quiet.
"No problems out of them, just the cars,” one neighbor said.
The owners would have cars parked beyond the home.
"I thought they were just in there watching the game,” another neighbor said.
Chaney and his girlfriend, Cresendo Scott, were charged with keeping alcohol on premises of club without a license and maintaining a common nuisance.