BRACEVILLE - Police arrived at the shuttered Rose Spa shortly after 9 a.m. Friday morning to confiscate refrigerators, tables, chairs, flat-screen televisions and other items from the premises.
This is the second time this year the police department has seized items from premises at 4300 state Route 5. The first confiscation of property followed a raid in 2012.
This year, department raided Rose Spa April 4, after receiving tips that prostitution was taking place in the establishment. An investigation revealed at least six men had paid a $50 entrance fee and up to $120 for sex acts. Officers said they found more than 200 condoms and nearly $8,000 inside the spa.
Braceville Township employees, from left, Jason Moore, police Patrolman Lance Adkins, Greg Moser and Paul Freer carry and load items Friday morning from inside of the Rose Spa off state Route 5. The township plans to auction the items from the spa, closed after a raid last month. Money earned from the last time items were auctioned from the spa helped the police department purchase a cruiser.
Police obtained a nuisance-abatement claim and shut it down. It was boarded up has remained closed.
The spa's on-site manager, Sun Cha Chae, 68, 950 Sandpiper Trail S.E., Warren, earlier this week was fined $1,500 and given a 60-day suspended jail sentence on each of three counts of misdemeanor prostitution charges.
Employee Kyong Hwa Nguyen, 56, also of 950 Sandpiper Trail S.E., pleaded guilty to fourth degree misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass.
The building was raided in June 2012 on similar charges when it was operated under the name of Four Seasons Spa.
Local spas have been under investigation in the area. Investigators with the state's Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation raided eight of Warren's 10 massage parlors in May 2012, and the city later shuttered all eight for health code violations.
Patrolman Lance Adkins said money earned from items confiscated in earlier raids helped to pay for a new cruiser.