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Men arrested on gambling charges at Quik Stop

Three Columbus men were arrested on gambling charges on Second Avenue late Thursday and early Friday, police said.

The suspects were identified as Mitl Bhalodi, Darshan Bhalodi and Jay Chaudhary. All of the arrests occurred at the Quik Stop at 2206 Second Ave.

Mitl Bhalodi, 31, is accused of keeping a place of gambling and Darshan Bhalodi, 27, faces charges of keeping a place of gambling, commercial gambling and possession of tools for commission of a crime. They were both arrested about 9:25 p.m. Thursday and taken to the Muscogee County Jail. Both were released on bond Friday afternoon.

Chaudhary, 31, is charged with commercial gambling, keeping a place of gambling and possession of tools for commission of a crime. He was arrested at 9:25 a.m. Friday and held in the jail for a 9 a.m. hearing today in Columbus Recorder’s Court.

In a report, police said Chaudhary was arrested on outstanding warrants under the name Jay Patel, a name he previously provided to police.

Police Capt. Gil Slouchick, head of the Special Operations Unit, said eight machines were seized at the location. Cash payments were allegedly given to customers using the machines, a violation of the law.

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