Undercover Beer Sting Nets 16 Arrests

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

The Philadelphia Police Department conducted an undercover sting Tuesday to check on which businesses are selling beer to people under the legal age of 21.

Police Chief Richard Sistrunk said a 19-year-old male male informant into all eighteen Philadelphia businesses to see if cashiers would sell him beer. And police say all but two did.

"That's an alarming number and it's sad to know that many stores didn't check ID," Philadelphia Police Chief Richard Sistrunk said.

Sistrunk said all businesses were notified Wednesday and the clerks involved will be or have been arrested on the misdemeanor warrants.

The chief says the clerks involved will be or have been arrested on misdemeanor warrants for selling alcohol to underage customers and could have to be a fine or go to jail.

"It's very important that they take that extra 20 or 30 seconds to check their identification," Sinstrunk said.

And now police say they are making it their business to let stores know that verifying age has to be a priority because stores could lose liquor licenses.

"We are going to periodically do checks," Sistrunk said.

Sistrunk said parents in the community have asked him to crack down. He said his department will be monitoring this type of activity more heavily from now on.

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  • by Joe Location: Meridian on Aug 6, 2009 at 10:36 AM
    Great job by the authorities in Philadelphia. It's about time store owners and their employees are held accountable. I hope Meridian and surrounding areas will take notice and do the same.
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