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Liquor store must open or relinquish license, owner told

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MARCIA A. NELESEN
February 29, 2008
— The city wants the owner of the Super Beer Depot to relinquish his liquor license or reopen his liquor store after seven burglaries since January at 1621 W. Court St.

Police also have responded to insecure building and suspicious activity complaints at the business, Deputy Chief Steve Kopp said.


“There are some building security issues,” Kopp said.


“The building has become an attractive nuisance and is a target for burglaries due to the alcohol inventory still on the premises,” Kopp wrote in a letter earlier this year to owner Kirit Sura.


After the last burglary, city workers secured the door, and the owner will be billed.


Sura was asked to appear before the Alcohol License Advisory Committee in February because it appeared Sura had abandoned his license. A license is considered abandoned if it isn’t used for 90 days. Still, the council must hold a revocation hearing to get the license back if it is not voluntarily relinquished.


“We needed him to tell the ALAC what his intentions were,” Kopp said.


“He said because of his health issue and the fact he has no functioning furnace in the building, he can’t come and work there until the weather warms up.”


The ALAC asked Sura to return at its Tuesday meeting to report on his progress to either open or close the business.


“The place is just sitting there,” said Paul Williams, chairman. “Something needs to be done … Either sell the place or open it up or do something.”


Sura told ALAC members that he had not opened the store since September.


“We actually believe it’s been considerably longer than that since it’s been a viable business,” Kopp said.


Sura said he traveled to his native country, which Kopp believes is India, and became ill. He was gone longer than he anticipated and missed renewing his liquor license in June.


A license was issued in fall after he returned, but Sura never reopened the store.


Kopp said he believes Sura is the sole employee. Sura lives in Crystal Lake, Ill.


Williams had asked whether the city could apply its new nuisance ordinance to require Sura to pay for police calls.


The ordinance only applies to residences, Kopp said.



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