Store owner faces gambling indictment


A Richmond County grand jury has indicted the owner of a local convenience store on charges he operated an illegal gambling business out of his Tobacco Road store between Jan. 21 and Feb. 11 of this year.

Vijay Chimanhhai Patel is charged with commercial gambling, keeping a gambling place and possession of a gambling device, according to the indictment returned this week.

The state alleged that he possessed three video poker machines at First Stop Convenience Store, located at 2762 Tobacco Road. Patel was arrested on Feb. 11.



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