A recent sting operation by the Miami Police Department resulted in a series of citations.
Three retail sales clerks were ticketed during an alcohol and tobacco compliance check conducted by officers.
At 5:52 p.m., a 16-year-old female accompanied by Detective Todd Hicks entered Pump-N-Pete’s convenience store and attempted to purchase a six pack of beer and a pack of cigarette’s.
The clerk asked the juvenile for her date of birth and the juvenile replied “June 29, 1992.”
The clerk rang the beer and cigarettes up completing the sale.
Detective Hicks issued the clerk citations for selling alcohol and tobacco to a minor.
An hour later the same juvenile, accompanied by Hicks, purchased a six pack of wine coolers at Edward’s Liquor.
“The clerk asked for identification and the juvenile presented her valid Oklahoma driver’s license,” Hicks said.
At approximately 7:30, the juvenile went into Marvin’s IGA where she purchased beer and cigarettes.
“The clerk looked at the driver’s license for a few seconds as if she were calculating the age then handed it back to the juvenile and rang up the beer and cigarettes,” Hicks said.
Hicks said that, when he informed the clerk she had sold alcohol and tobacco to a minor, she responded “no, I checked her I.D. she was born in 1992.”
Nine Ottawa County businesses were cited in March during a compliance check conducted by Ottawa County authorities.
Authorities say there is no excuse for selling alcohol to minors.
A minor’s driver’s license will be vertical instead of horizontal and it will also state in red letters “under 21.”