-From the Benicia Police Department-
On December 5, 2012, members of the Benicia Police Department's Investigations Unit and Agents from the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control conducted minor decoy alcoholic beverage stings at various locations throughout Benicia. A 17-year-old male minor decoy was utilized during this operation and attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from local businesses in Benicia.
Both Off-Sale (Purchase for off premises consumption) and On-Sale (Purchase for on premises consumption) businesses were targeted in the operation. The Benicia Police Department conducts alcoholic beverage and tobacco compliancy checks two to five times a year. Funding for the compliancy checks is provided by Solano County Reducing Rates Coalition.
The minor decoy entered 20 establishments that sell alcoholic beverages. Employees at 18 of the businesses requested identification from the minor decoy and after determining the decoys age, they refused to sell or furnish the alcoholic beverage.
“The Benicia Police Department's goal is to eventually reach total compliance,” said Lt. Frank Hartig.
An employee at Little Thai Bistro located at 870 Southampton Road and Buon Appetito restaurant located at 191 Military East did not ask the minor decoy for identification. Employees at these two businesses furnished the minor decoy with an alcoholic beverage.
Little Thai Bistro employee, Waranya Lagle and a Buon Apetito employee (a 16-year-old minor) were issued citations for furnishing an alcoholic beverage to a person under the age of twenty-one. Both were released at the scene. “We are extremely pleased with the businesses that followed the law and asked for identification and did not sell to the minor decoy,” Hartig.
Agents from the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control will be processing the case involving Buon Apetito. The 16-year-old minor employee is currently on court probation for a DUI involving a traffic collision from earlier this year.
“The goal of the program is zero sales, zero citations, and alcohol free and healthier youth. Total compliance with alcohol and tobacco sales laws is the department's mission,” said Hartig.
The following eighteen businesses were contacted and did not sell alcoholic beverages to the minor decoy.
1. Rose Market 2064 COLUMBUS PKWY
2. CVS 2100 COLUMBUS PKWY
3. Raley's 890 SOUTHAMPTON RD
4. Superstop 816 SOUTHAMPTON RD
5. Bob's Food and Liquor 510 WEST J ST
6. Chevron Gas 10 SOLANO SQ
7. Safeway 50 SOLANO SQ
8. Rite Aide 60 SOLANO SQ
9. Valero Gas 1925 EAST 2ND ST
10. Texaco Gas 6001 GOODYEAR RD
11. Food & Liquor East 1502 EAST 5TH ST
12. Liquor Warehouse 457 MILITARY EAST
13. 7 Eleven 500 MILITARY EAST
14. Szechwan House Restaurant 500 1st St Ste A,
15. Kaigon Sushi 560 1st St Ste A 103
16. The Loft Wine Bar 280 1st Street
17. Rookies Sports Bar 321 1st Street
18. Mai Thai Cuisine 807 1st street
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