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MONROE - Allegations of an unlicensed gun raffle led to a state justice department search of a Monroe bar this week.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) conducted the search Tuesday at Friendly inn, 1335 17th St., Monroe, and the home of owner Chris Schindler, 2724 Second Ave., according to a search warrant filed at the Green County Courthouse.

According to an addendum to the warrant filed Wednesday, investigators found numerous completed raffle entry slips and gambling and raffle documents at Schindler's house. They also found more than $3,300 in cash at the bar, two personal checks, two cases of pull tabs, one jar of pull tabs, numerous documents of names and firearms lists and 45 completed raffle entry slips and other gambling and raffle documents at the bar.

Robbie Lowery of the Gaming Bureau at the state DOJ said he couldn't confirm or deny any questions about the ongoing investigation.

Court documents indicate DCI began its investigation in January after receiving an anonymous complaint about a gun raffle at the bar. An entry form for the raffle said the bar would give away 15 different firearms, including shotguns, rifles and handguns, for $100 per ticket.

On Jan. 12, an undercover agent went to the bar and paid a $100 entry fee for the gun raffle. An employee at the bar said she would leave the money for "Chris," and confirmed that the raffle would take place at the bar, according to the warrant.

Court documents indicate there were several flyers posted in Monroe to advertise the gun giveaway.

Brian Withrow, supervisor with the Wisconsin Division of Gaming, Charitable Raffle, told investigators Schindler hadn't applied for a raffle license through the state.

The search warrant was issued Feb. 16.

Schindler was not available for comment Friday.