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CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Police arrest three people inside a southern Indiana adult superstore during a daytime undercover sting.
Clarksville police officers have busted illegal activity inside Theatair X at night, but Thursday's operation was the first time they surprised people with a day raid.
WDRB was on the scene as Clarksville Police officers hid behind a motel near Theatair X, waiting for word from undercover detectives watching for illegal activity inside two adult movie theaters.
Police arrested 45-year-old Trevor Yager of Madison, 64-year-old Robert Miller of New Albany and 64-year-old William Potter of Michigan; all three are charged with indecent exposure.
Clarksville police call it a successful first "day raid," although they say it is not their favorite operation.
"We don't like going in there, no. It's not the best atmosphere you want to be in," said Major Darrell Rayborn, chief of detectives with Clarksville Police. WDRB's crew saw an officer spraying himself with disinfectant after being inside.
Police have performed raids before at night -- making arrests for soliciting for prostitution, sexual acts and indecent exposure. But police say they often see the parking lot full during the middle of the afternoon.
"Especially when you see that many cars there during the day, something's probably going on," added Rayborn.
It takes a lot of planning to pull off a round-up like Thursday's raid. Undercover detectives have been conducting surveillance inside Theatair X. Chief of Police Mark Palmer makes sure everyone is on the same page during a pre-raid meeting.
After the sweep, Theatair X is cited for a dozen holes found in private rooms, which can be used for sex acts and exposure. Detectives believe management turns a blind eye to what's going on.
"It's money. There's a lot of money that goes through that business there," said Rayborn.
But with all of the complaints the department gets from the public, detectives say they won't stop the raids.
"They need to take responsibility on what's going on. We're going to keep going in there and keep making arrests there," said Rayborn.
Clarksville police say this is a proactive approach to cracking down on this type of illegal activity.