Cops crack down on underage alcohol sales

One out of three businesses sampled sold to underage informatnt without checking ID in pre-prom crackdown. SANDUSKY On
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

One out of three businesses sampled sold to underage informatnt without checking ID in pre-prom crackdown.

SANDUSKY

One out of every three businesses that Sandusky Police targeted in an undercover sting last weekend sold alcohol to underage informants.

With the help of underage confidential informants, the department made eight purchases out of 23 attempts.

"That is way too high," said Assistant Chief Charlie Sams. "We don't want anyone to sell. We're going to continue to do enforcement until it's none."

Sams said the sting was the first time the department has tried this type of enforcement this year and they plan on continuing this weekend.

During this prom season he anticipates that quite a few underage students will be attempting to buy alcohol. He wants to make sure area stores and bars are checking IDs.

The confidential informants, age 18 to 20, attempted to buy alcohol without identification.

"They would go in and didn't have any ID, there was no fake ID," Sams said. "The places simply didn't check."

After the purchase was complete, Sandusky detectives entered the stores and charged the clerk or bartender with underage sale of alcohol.

"Some of the places we've purchased from, we've purchased from before, which is disturbing," Sams said.

The informants were successful at purchasing beer from:

n Dick's Carryout, 1318 Tiffin Ave.

n Circle K, 814 W. Washington St.

n Trader Jack's Deli, 2350 Cleveland Road

n Marathon Friendship, 1318 Cleveland Road

n Rite Aid, 1420 Sycamore Lane

n Flash's Drive Thru, 800 Hancock St.

n Casino Bar, 3129 W. Monroe St.