Restaurant owner faces probation for buying stolen goods

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URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - A Champaign Businessman who admitted to fencing stolen electronics through his fried-chicken restaurant has been sentenced to probation and home confinement.

Kirit Patel, 44, pleaded guilty Friday to felony theft, admitting between Jan. 30 and April 11, he bought multiple electronic devices he knew were stolen, with the intent to resell them.

As a result of a plea agreement, Patel will spend 30 months on probation and 180 days in electronic home detention, and must pay a $5,000 fine and other court costs. He must also forfeit the stolen electronics seized by police to the Champaign Police Department.

Police worked with a confidential source, who told police he sold items to Patel five times over four months. Police did a search of Patel's home, vehicle, and business and found more than 200 stolen electronic devices. Patel said he would wipe everything off the products and ship them overseas for resale.

Three money laundering charges were dropped against Patel for his guilty plea.

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