Gambling machines, cash seized from store

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Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigators seized three gambling machines and $100,000 cash today from a Tobacco Road convenience store.

An anonymous tip started a two-month investigation into the machines at the First Stop in the 2700 block of Tobacco Road and led to Friday's arrest of Vijay Patel, the clerk and owner at the store, said Investigator Tony Hyatt.

Patel is charged with commercial gambling, possession of a gambling device and keeping a gambling place.

Hyatt said customers put money into the machines, which were in plain sight, and any winnings were printed on a receipt, which Patel then honored with cash. An undercover investigation confirmed the payouts, Hyatt said.

Hyatt said there are other stores in Richmond County with gambling machines they plan to target.

"Hopefully this sends a message," Hyatt said. "We'll be knocking on their door next."

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55 F-100 02/11/11 - 06:44 pm
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Wonder where these ill-gotten

Wonder where these ill-gotten gains were going?

omnomnom
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omnomnom 02/11/11 - 07:51 pm
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that no good scoundrel Al

that no good scoundrel Al Kyder no doubt.

lboogie618
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lboogie618 02/11/11 - 09:32 pm
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Wow that's where I get my

Wow that's where I get my Jail Report, guess he'll be in it!

dani
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dani 02/11/11 - 10:40 pm
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55..I agree with omnomnom.

55..I agree with omnomnom.

WW1949
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WW1949 02/11/11 - 11:52 pm
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Besides being illegal I don't

Besides being illegal I don't see anything wrong with slots if that is what you want to play. Go to the Amvets, American Legion, West Lake CC or any country club and there are card games galore-Poker, Gin Rummy, and Barracuda to name a few. Been going on every Wednesday night and Saturday afternoons for as long as I can remember.

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Sweet son 02/12/11 - 03:39 pm
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Countyman, is this in

Countyman, is this in Hephzibah????

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misskitty 02/12/11 - 08:19 pm
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it never ceases to amaze me

it never ceases to amaze me how many ppl ...im just gonna shut up...wouldnt do any good anyways

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