Officers raid Sandy Springs strip clubs; 30+ charged

Officers say citizen concerns prompted them to begin the investigation in September.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — Only Channel 2 Action News was with investigators Wednesday night as they raided three local strip clubs looking for illegal activity.

A Sandy Springs deputy police chief told Channel 2’s investigative reporter Mark Winne the raid was part of an investigation into all three strip clubs in the city limits.

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Winne was with investigators as they went into Flashers. The owner was there, but would not give any comment to Winne, asking that he please step off his property.

“This investigation started in September, lasted about a month-and-a-half to two-months,” said Sandy Springs Deputy Chief Keith Zgonc.

Sandy Springs police issued nine citations at Flashers, mostly for permit violations, and one for a solicitation for an illicit sexual act.

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“At Flashers, they’re also facing code violations as well,” Zgonc said.

At the Dollhouse, a captain told Winne that police issued 19 citations including one for a dancer arrested on a solicitation for an illicit sexual act charge, the rest for physical contact with a patron and permit violations.

Nabil Zeidan said he does contractor work on the Dollhouse and other clubs and businesses, and had just arrived for a non-alcoholic drink when Sandy Springs police swept in.

“I just walk in and the police came in,” Zeidan told Winne.

A police captain told Winne that police issued six citations at Mardi Gras including one for a dancer arrested on a solicitation for an illicit sexual act charge, the rest for permit violations.

A man who identified himself as a manager at Mardi Gras said if there were violations of the law at his club, the management was unaware.

He said all his dancers had permits when police checked and most of his dancers are single mothers dancing in lieu of welfare or food stamps.

“This investigation is a result of concerns brought to us by citizens and other people in the city… over a long period of time,” Zgonc said.