Champaign restaurant owner arrested in stolen-property case

Champaign restaurant owner arrested in stolen-property case

CHAMPAIGN — The owner of a fried-chicken restaurant has been arrested for allegedly using his eatery to buy stolen goods.

Kirit Ishver Patel, 43, who listed an address in the 1600 block of Bermuda Avenue, Urbana, was arrested Wednesday on charges of felony theft for his alleged involvement in the sale, resale and possession of stolen property.

According to a Champaign police report, Patel is the owner of Krispy Krunchy Chicken, 922 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Champaign police Sgt. David Griffet said court-authorized searches of Patel's home and business were done Wednesday.

Police also conducted searches at the adjacent Blue Star Convenience Store, 918 W. Bradley Ave., and the Lucky Diamond Gaming Parlor, 920 W. Bradley Ave., to which Patel had access.

Officers seized property valued at more than $75,000, including 120 cellphones, 63 personal computing devices, 191 bottles of designer cologne, two Canon digital cameras, televisions, hoverboards, cash registers, stereo equipment, and gaming systems. They also took $6,029.95 in cash.

Patel was at the restaurant in the afternoon while police searched. He was arrested and taken to jail. He is due to appear in court Friday.

Griffet said Champaign police were assisted by the Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Illinois Gaming Board, the Illinois Department of Revenue and the Champaign County State's Attorney's Office.

He said police are trying to identify the rightful owners of the property that was seized.

Anyone with information may call the Champaign Police Department Investigations Division at 217-351-4545 or, if wishing to remain anonymous, Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 or or via the free "P3 Tips" mobile app.

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